Green-cheecked Amazon
Amazona viridigenalis

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae

SIZE:
13 inches.

RANGE:
Northeastern Mexico.

HABITAT:
Forests and groves of trees in cleared areas.

DIET:
Wild - Nuts, berries, flowers, fruit.
Zoo - Bird mix, fruit, peanuts.

DESCRIPTION:
A chunky, short-tailed parrot that is dark green on back and wings, paler green below. It is bright red on the forehead, with bright green cheeks and white rings around the eyes. There is a short red bar on the back of the wing.

FACTS:

  • Also known as the Red-crowned Amazon.
  • Nomadic birds that gather in large flocks after breeding, moving north and south of their breeding range. They often are found in southern Texas.
  • They have been over-hunted by the pet trade.
  • There are only 3,000 to 6,500 birds left in the wild.

YOUNG:
They breed from March to May, laying 3 or 4 eggs in holes in trees. The eggs hatch in 28 days and the young leave the nest in about 9 weeks.

STATUS:
CITES App. II. Endangered due to hunting and habitat loss.

REFERENCE:
Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 4. Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott & Jordi Sargayal, Eds.