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Red-crowned Amazon
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Male
Information
Common Name Red-crowned Parrot, Green-cheeked Amazon, and Mexican Red-headed Parrot
Range northeastern Mexico.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Amazona
Species Amazona viridigenalis
Conservation Status
ENSpecies
Endangered

The Red-crowned amazon (Amazona viridigenalis), also known as red-crowned parrot, green-cheeked amazon, or Mexican red-headed parrot, is a species of amazon parrot native to northeastern Mexico. The current native wild population of between 1,000 and 2,000 is decreasing. The main threats to the native bird's survival are the illegal export of trapped birds from Mexico to the United States and the destruction of habitat.

Description

Their appearance is generally green with the most notable features being a bright red forehead and crown, dark blue streak behind the eyes, and light green cheeks.

Distribution

Their natural range is across the lowlands of northeastern Mexico. Feral birds have bred in urban communities of Southern California, Southern Florida, and the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Birds in South Texas may be either feral, descendants of natural vagrants from Mexico, or both.

Behavior

They gather in large flocks being noisiest in the morning and evening. The characteristic screeching heard of these birds usually occurs when they travel in a large flock to a new feeding area. Their diet consists of seeds, fruits, flowers and nectar. Red-crowned amazons nest in tree cavities, like most other parrots.

Aviculture

These parrots are often kept as pets and can be very affectionate and playful when given the attention they need from their owners. Although some are excellent talkers and copy voices, they are best at mimicking sounds.

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