Southwestern Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia , and northern Argentina
Inhabits humid and dry forests, palm trees, and at the edge of rivers
Leaves, flowers, insects, fruit, seeds
14 - 19 oz.
14 - 15 in.
2 – 3 eggs
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.
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.
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