Blue-fronted Amazon

Blue-fronted Amazon

Blue-fronted Amazon
Amazona aestiva


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Psittacidae

Range

Southwestern Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia , and northern Argentina


Habitat

Inhabits humid and dry forests, palm trees, and at the edge of rivers


Diet

Leaves, flowers, insects, fruit, seeds

Weight

14 - 19 oz.

Height

14 - 15 in.

Incubation

28 days

Clutch

2 – 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Very good flyer, but waddles clumsily on the ground.
  • Beaks are used to climb, crack open nuts and seeds, pick foliage, flowers and fruits to eat.
  • Perching feet have sharp claws with two toes in front and two toes in back. Use their feet as hands.
  • These birds are very good at mimicking human speech and are known to be noisy. When Amazon parrots were first discovered they were called kriken, which is derived from the French word meaning "screechers".
  • In the course of daily feeding, these messy eaters allow plenty of seeds (while eating, as well as in their droppings) to fall to the forest floor, thus generating much of the forest growth.

 

Conservation

These parrots are benefitting from agriculture in their range, but are considered pests because their eating habits are destructive to crops. They are in decline due to habitat loss and overexploitation for the pet trade.

Least Concern

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