Birda Logo
loading...

Southern Mealy Amazon

Amazona farinosa

The Southern Mealy Amazon, or Southern Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa farinosa), stands as one of the more sizable members of the Amazona genus, the amazon parrots. This predominantly green bird measures a substantial 38–41 cm (15–16 in) in length.

Identification Tips

Upon closer inspection, one notes the mealy ("flour") texture over the bird's back and nape, giving it a whitish tinge as if dusted with flour. The tail exhibits a bi-colored appearance, with the distal half being paler and more yellow than the basal half. In flight, a bluish-black trailing edge of the wing and a striking red speculum are visible. Occasionally, a few yellow feathers may adorn the head.

Habitat

The Southern Mealy Amazon is a denizen of humid to semi-humid forests, occasionally venturing into plantations. It is seldom found in deciduous forests and, in drier regions, is confined to gallery forests or absent altogether.

Distribution

This species calls the tropical regions of Central and South America its home.

Behaviour

In the wild, these social birds may be seen in pairs or large flocks, sometimes mingling with other parrot species, including macaws. Typically quiet, their vocalizations become more pronounced at dawn and dusk. In captivity, they are celebrated for their gentle and placid nature.

Song & Calls

The Southern Mealy Amazon's vocalizations are distinct from those of similar species, contributing to its unique auditory identity.

Breeding

Upon reaching sexual maturity, these birds tend to form monogamous pairs. Courtship commences in early spring, with the female laying three to four white eggs in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs for approximately 26 days, during which the male provides regurgitated food. The chicks fledge around 60 days post-hatching.

Similar Species

The Yellow-crowned Amazon may be mistaken for the Southern Mealy Amazon but can be differentiated by the latter's larger size, less yellow on the crown, broader white eye-ring, and the red on the wing's leading edge located near the phalanx.

Diet and Feeding

A diet rich in fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, blossoms, and leaf buds sustains the Southern Mealy Amazon.

Conservation Status

While generally common across its range, the species has experienced local declines due to habitat loss and illegal trapping for the pet trade. In some regions, they are hunted for food or considered pests for feeding on crops such as corn. Despite these challenges, the Southern Mealy Amazon is bred in captivity with some regularity.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Southern Mealy Amazons on Birda

Photos
Sightings

More African & New World Parrots

A photo of a Yellow-faced Parrot (Alipiopsitta xanthops)

Yellow-faced Parrot

Alipiopsitta xanthops
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Erna M
I really like Birda
I really like Birda. I also use other birding apps and have Birda with E-bird going at the same time.
Ellesse_W
Learning Birding with Birda
I’m relatively new to birding as a hobby, and Birda is a great way to keep track off all the species I see. I’m still working on my ID skills, but the app is great for figuring out potential species, and the online community is so friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend Birda to both early and serious birders! 🐦
Marlster24
Recommend for any bird watcher
Very wholesome app: I joined this app with a new interest in watching birds to help me find out what I was spotting. The community is very active in helping identify birds which is great and everyone is very kind so it’s just a nice wholesome community. I would definitely recommend this for any bird spotter πŸ˜ƒ
Patricia L
Very encouraging birding app
Easy to use, fun to see progress and encouraging to receive feedback from other users.
Mike T
Sense of Community
A great app, which is continually being improved. What really comes through is the passion of those behind the app. The sense of community is brilliant, so much help and support provided to new and/or in experienced birders.
Carrie
Makes you want to spot birds more
I think this app is fun. It makes you want to spot birds more so I guess in a way it encourages you to get out and about instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Jake W
Great app
I use this app all the time as it’s quick and easy to log individual sightings or whole birding sessions. It’s an excellent way to meet new people and the forum is full of really friendly people. The challenges are a great way to get involved and learn more about birds. Cannot recommend it enough!
Louise L
Easy to use and accurate
Love this app. It is easy to use and accurate, Their backup communication is really good. I noted a missing species. All through the process, I was kept informed about the progress in correcting the information. I now have the corrected, updated version. 😁 Thanks!
Marlster24
Very Wholesome App
Joined this app with a new interest in watching birds to help me find out what I was spotting. The community is very active in helping identify birds which is great and everyone is very kind so it’s just a nice wholesome community. I would definitely recommend this for any bird spotter πŸ˜„
SuperOliviaGirl
Really great app
It’s easy to use and it’s fun to log the birds you notice on a walk or just in your garden. There’s a option to record the birds you see in a session which is really nice. Good excuse to stop for a while and just watch birds. I am also enjoying the information part where you can find out fact about birds from all over the world.
As featured in
Connect with nature,
Find your flock
Download Birda - QR Code
Β© 2024 All rights reserved