Classification Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae Scientific Name Amazona Albifrons Other Common Names White Fronted Amazon Parrot
Species Description Length 27 cm (10 1/4 in). Green with dark-edged
plumage. White forehead; blue crown. Lores and periophthalmic area
scarlet. Red patch on primary coverts and alula. Eyes yellow, beak
yellowish, legs pale gray. Wings are usually totally green in
Habitat Slopes, dry country, lowland, foothills, and
lower mountains; sometimes close to water; in pairs or small groups,
but also with thousands together in certain roosting spots. They
live on figs, nuts, berries, and blossoms, fruits, seeds, etc. It is
reported that they are a pest to farmers. Little is known of their
Distribution Mexico to Western Costa Rica.
Captivity Very little is known about this bird. There are
old breeding records available, but the only real successes have
been extremely rare. Solitary, they can be excellant pets and good
talkers, especially when purchased young. Old birds remain noisy and
will constantly raise their nape feathers when excited. The only way
to accomplish breeding success is by placing several birds together
in a large aviary where they can choose their own partners. Those
pairs are then separated and placed in their own roomy aviary.
Provide hollow tree trunks, barrels, or nest boxes of thick hardwood
timber (35 x 35 x 45 cm; entrance diameter 10 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.