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Vinaceous Amazon Parrot

Vinaceous Amazon Parrot

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National Audubon Society
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Cornell Lab of Orinthology
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Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae
Scientific Name
Amazona Vinacea
Other Common Names
Species Description
Length 36 cm (14 in). Green; all feathers are black-edged. Forehead, chin, and lores red. Upper throat, breast and, sometimes, the abdomen, purple-red. Nape feathers bluish. Eyes orange-red, beak red with a horn colored tip on the upper mandible, legs gray. The female is darker tinged, and the beak is less red. The young have pale red lores, and the beak is red only at the base; the iris is yellow.

It inhabits lowland and highland Atlantic forest.

Southeastern Brazil and Paraguay

Gentle, affectionate bird, but, as a rule, not a good talker. Only young birds are easily tamed. Due to deforestation their natural biotope is dangerously affected, and therefore the export of this species is forbidden. The bird is now on List B (Vulnerable). There are still many pet birds in Europe and the US available, it is therefore time that aviculturists combine their effots to save this species from extinction. The birds breed in captivity without to many problems. The female lays 2-3 eggs; both parents feed the young, which hatch after about 28 days. High-protein baby cereal and bread soaked in honey-water are essential during the breeding season; also necessary are sunflower seeds, monkey chow, fruits (banana, apple, tomato) and greens. Willow twigs are necessary throughout the year.

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 leafy matter.

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.

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