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A photo of a Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis)
Red-lored Amazon

Red-lored Amazon

Amazona autumnalis

The Red-lored Amazon, or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis), is a captivating bird adorned with a vibrant plumage. Measuring 32–35 centimeters in length and weighing between 310–480 grams, this species exhibits a predominantly green coloration. A striking red forehead and a blue crown are the hallmarks of this parrot, while some subspecies boast yellow cheeks, occasionally adorned with red spots. Both adult males and females share the same plumage, while juveniles display less yellow and red on their cheeks and forehead, respectively, and possess dark irises.

Identification Tips

When identifying the Red-lored Amazon, look for its characteristic red forehead, which is a key distinguishing feature. The blue crown and the variations in cheek color among subspecies also aid in identification. The bird's size and green plumage are consistent with other amazon parrots, but the red and blue accents are unique to this species.

Habitat

The Red-lored Amazon thrives in the humid evergreen to semi-deciduous forests, where it can be found up to altitudes of 1,100 meters. It is native to the tropical regions of the Americas, from eastern Mexico down to Ecuador.

Distribution

This species is widespread across its range, which extends from eastern Mexico to Ecuador. It is notably absent from the Pacific side of Central America north of Costa Rica. There have been instances of the species nesting in the outskirts of San Salvador, indicating a potential range expansion into El Salvador. Additionally, feral populations have been established in several cities in California.

Behaviour

The Red-lored Amazon is known for its adaptability to human-altered habitats. It exhibits a range of behaviors from quiet and curious to aggressive, which can be influenced by early training. In captivity, they can be devoted pets and are capable of developing a repertoire of vocalizations.

Song & Calls

The vocalizations of the Red-lored Amazon are characteristic of the species, with a variety of calls that can be heard when observing these birds in their natural habitat or in captivity.

Breeding

Breeding Red-lored Amazons select tree cavities for nesting. The female lays a clutch of three to four white eggs and incubates them for approximately 26 days. The fledglings then leave the nest around 60 days post-hatching.

Similar Species

The Red-lored Amazon may be confused with other amazon parrots, but its red forehead, blue crown, and cheek color variations help distinguish it from similar species.

Diet and Feeding

In the wild, the diet of the Red-lored Amazon consists of fruits, nuts, and seeds from a variety of plant species. In captivity, a balanced diet including high-quality pellets, seeds, and daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for their health. Avocados and eggplants are toxic to them and must be avoided.

Conservation status

The IUCN lists the Red-lored Amazon as Least Concern, although it has become rare in some areas due to trapping for the cagebird trade. Despite this, the species has shown a remarkable ability to adapt to habitats altered by human activity.

In summary, the Red-lored Amazon is a resilient and adaptable parrot with a distinctive appearance and a wide range across the tropical Americas. Its ability to thrive in various environments, coupled with its engaging personality, makes it a favored species among bird enthusiasts and pet owners alike.

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