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White-Fronted Amazon

 

Bird Type: Parrots & Parakeets

Scientific name: Amazona albifrons

IUCN World Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN

These bright green parrots are incredibly loud and sociable birds. They live in large flocks across Central America with groups of up to 100 nesting together in the wild. They are one of the smallest of all the amazon parrots and can imitate up to 40 different words and sounds. Although predominantly green in colour, this species is named after the small patch of white feathers on its forehead.

Where in the world?

Native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

Threats in the wild

Habitat

White-fronted amazons can survive in a variety of habitats from wooded areas and open countryside to forests and cactus savannas. Native to Central America and Mexico, a small feral population is also known to live in southern California.

Diet

In the wild these birds eat fruits, seedpods and cacti. They will also take food from cultivated crops such as mango and maize.

Lifecycle

Breeding season for white-fronted amazons varies dependent upon location but usually runs from January to July. Females will lay 3 or 4 eggs and chicks will hatch after a 26-day incubation. Nests are built in tree cavities and chicks will stay in these nests for 60 days after hatching.