Classification Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae Scientific Name Amazona Autumnalis Other Common Names Yellow Cheeked Amazon Parrot
Species Description Length: 35 cm (13 1/4 in). Green with black
edges on the nape feathers. Red forehead and lores. Bluish crown,
yellowish beneath the eyes. Red in small primaries. Eyes orange,
beak yellowish, legs gray.
Habitat Lowlands; in flocks that may number from a few
birds to over 100. The birds are extremely active during the day.
They feed on fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds. They are especially
numerous around the Amazon River basin.
Distribution Eastern and Central Mexico and Brazil
Captivity Gentle bird well known to aviculturists;
breeding successes are, however, very rare. The female lays 2-3
eggs; incubation time about 26-28 days.After 10 days the young will
open their eyes; at 7 weeks they already resemble their parents, and
after 3 months they are independent. The birds like a closed barrel
as "maternity room" with a nest opening 25 cm in diameter; or a nest
log of 50x50x70 cm; opening diameter 15 cm.
Summary An Amazon parrot is a large parrot of the genus
Amazona native to the New World ranging from South America to Mexico
and the Caribbean.
Most Amazons are predominantly green, with accenting colors that
depend on the species and can be quite vivid. Amazons, like all
parrots, are zygodactyl, having four toes on each foot-two front and
two back. They feed primarily on nuts and fruits, supplemented by
Amazons are known for their exceptional vocal abilities,
playfulness, and dexterity with their feet. They are very loyal,
loving companions; having them is somewhat like having a
two-year-old human child in ability and temperament for 50-plus
years. However, some Amazons are aggressive
(usually during their mating time), and they all require a lot of
attention when kept as pets. Parrots require more attention and care
than domesticated pets such as dogs or cats. Parrots are highly
intelligent wild animals.
While there are a number of species of birds that can be
kept as cage-bird pets with little human attention, parrots must
have daily attention in order to keep them mentally healthy. Parrots
are not for the inexperienced bird owner. All parrots need a lot of
stimulating activities to keep from being bored and terribly
destructive to themselves and their surroundings. In particular,
since Amazons are cavity nesters in the wild, their desire to chew
wood is strong, and they need to be provided with destructible toys
to satisfy this innate urge.
Amazons are actually very
similar in personality to monkeys, and both animals lead similar
lives back in their rainforest canopies. Amazons are very energetic,
playful, social creatures that crave lots of interaction with their
human owners. The best pet birds are hand-raised and have bonded
early with human companions. More than other parrot species, Amazons
are well known for their strong or often moody characters. They can
be, at different times, cuddly, loud, quiet, stubborn, silly,
jealous, playfully aggressive or irritable. They will play and fight
with their toys for hours on end, even rolling over on their backs
to juggle a ball or play with some string. Sometimes, however, an
Amazon will temporarily become possessive of a toy, or a person, and
may become quite aggressive toward anyone who tries to interfere.
Careless owners have had fingers or ears bitten, followed by a trip
to the hospital for stitches. This is the trickier aspect of owning
an Amazon parrot, you really have to understand your bird's moods
and behaviors. Amazon parrots are definitely not for all pet owners,
they need much more love and attention than most people would
expect. Owning an Amazon is very similar to owning a dog with wings.