Festive Amazon

Festive Amazon

Scientific Name:  Amazona festiva
Origin: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Average Lifespan: 40 to 60 years
Size: 13 ½ inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Vocal communicator
Interaction:  Somewhat social

Festive Amazon parrot Amazona festiva

Photo: Dick Culbert | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of the Festive Amazon

The Festive Amazon parrot’s main plumage color is forest green and the size ranges from 11 inches up to 13 ½ inches. The color of the crown is blue and they have red markings on the brows with dark band on their front. Their wings are also green but with blue tips. The tail feathers are also green with some yellow green tips and some patches of red on the outer part. Adult birds can be determined through the color of their rump which has a bright red patch on it. Juvenile birds still have green rump.

There are two sub species of the Festive Amazon— the Amazon festiva festiva and the Amazon festiva bodini. The first one is native to the Amazon River basin while the latter is native to the Orinoco River. The A.f festiva has horn-colored beak with narrow red frontal band and yellow colored feathers on the forecrown. The A.f bodini on the other hand has black beak and an extensive red colored feather on the crown.

Personality and Temperament

This Amazon parrot is not common as pet, but if acquired as pet, the male specie is most preferred. Like other Amazon parrots, this specie is also intelligent and curious. However, they are relatively shy and seldom talks. Young birds are most preferred because they are tame and can be hand held. They are also easier to train to become more sociable. They are highly active birds and need time for some out-of-the-cage activities.

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Health and Care

Unlike other Amazon species, the Festive Amazon is not prone to become obese birds and could be fed with regular parrot foods supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables from time to time. A quarter of a cup of formulated parrot seed mix and a quarter of a cup of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday can be provided. You can also hand feed them with some seeds or nuts as treats to promote bonding between you and your pet parrot. If your Festive Amazon is fed with formulated seed mix, you may not need to give them vitamins anymore.

A shallow pan to use for bird bath must be provided to your pet, this is part of their grooming and hygiene. Aside from making their plumage well maintained it also provides them with enrichment. You can also spray water to your Amazon in mist form as they also enjoyed being sprayed on. You can gently dry them by leaving them in a warm room or exposing them to the heat of the sun. Mild blow dryer will also work as long as you see that the bird is not panicking.

A spacious cage for housing this type of bird is necessary because of their very active lifestyle. This is also important for their health and well-being. You can add some bird toys and pieces of fresh woods in their cage to add enrichment and to keep them occupied. They can also become very noisy and could distract sensitive neighbors.

The male specie during breeding stage can be very aggressive towards their handlers and may attempt to bite or use their beak during feeding time. The male can also be aggressive with their pair. Clipping their wings before breeding season takes place is required to reduce the effects of their aggression. Festive Amazons are light-bodied and may require clipping of some flight feathers. Make sure to do this carefully or get the help of a professional to do this so you will not injure your Festive Amazon.

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History and Background

In the wild, the Festive Amazon can normally be spotted on remote swampy forests, islands, gallery forests, savannahs, and cacao plantations. They normally gather in pairs and in small flocks of around 30 to 50 birds.

These birds become sexually mature at 3 to 5 years of age but they are quite difficult to breed in captivity thus, making them one of the rare species for pets. Their breeding season starts from February and ends in July. The female Festive Amazon can lay up to 3 to 4 eggs in a single clutch. The eggs are incubated for about 24 to 26 days and the hatchling will start to fledge at around 10 to 12 weeks old. The young birds are easy to hand-rear and those who care for these birds were successful in doing so.

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