Scientific Name: Amazonas viridigenalis
Origin: Northeastern Mexico
Average Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Size: 30-33cm (11.7-12.8 inches)
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: screeching, loud noises, can mimic human sounds and voices
Interaction: Highly social
Physical Characteristics of Green-Cheeked Amazon
Also called red-crowned parrot, the Green-Cheeked Amazon has a green body with black margins in the nape and breast area. It has a dark red forehead and dull yellow bill. Its eyes are yellow, with matching eye rings that are pale gray.
Juvenile Green-Cheeked Amazon is almost identical with adults, the only difference being that the former’s forehead is lighter red in color.
Personality and Temperament
The Green-Cheeked Amazon is considered as one of the noisiest species, both in the wild and when kept as a pet. It loves to make screaming sounds that are usually followed by ascending notes. In addition, it is also commonly heard making chattering sounds. In the wild, these species thrive in flocks where they can be regularly heard making all sorts of sounds such as screeching. These sounds are considered as their way of sending each other signals when searching for a new feeding location or looking for food. In addition, the flocks are noisiest during the morning and evening, when they usually do their daily activities.
When kept as a pet, these species can be very friendly and affectionate, which is why it is an ideal pet for families with small children. It can also be a good companion pet for singles, couples, and senior citizens. When more than enough time is provided for regular interaction and bonding, expect this bird to quickly adapt to its new environment. You can also expect willingness and urge to interact and play with people from all ages. It also enjoys being handled and petted.
In addition to having very attractive colors, this species is also highly valued for its ability to mimic various sounds. Although this trait is often praised, it can also have a downside especially when the sounds it makes become too loud and noisy. However, with proper training, you can teach your pet when it can and can’t make sounds. You can also train it to minimize making loud and screeching sounds that can disturb other people and neighbors. Aside from mimicking various sounds, this species can also copy human words and voices. Of course, proper training and a lot of patience are needed to achieve this talent.
Due to its high energy and urge to interact with people, this species must be given more than enough time each day to play and interact with its owners. When this requirement is met, expect this bird to become more comfortable with all kinds of people while also maintaining better overall health.
Health and Care
An important factor in your pet bird’s overall health is a well-balanced diet. In addition to its usual foods such as bird pellets and seeds, you can also provide bird supplements to further strengthen its immune system against various diseases. Speaking of diseases, another common disease associated with birds is a parasitic infection. To prevent this issue, proper diet and regular grooming are extremely important.
Due to the fact that this species is active and loves to explore its surrounding, it is often exposed to all kinds of germs and bacteria. To keep it clean, regularly wipe off its body using a clean cloth damped in lukewarm water. Although it can tolerate occasional bathing, it is still best to avoid doing so especially when you are in a very cold location. Birds are highly susceptible to flu and fever, which are more likely to develop when living in environments with extreme weather conditions.
A regular visit to the vet is also recommended to maintain proper health. When you observe unusual behavior such as inactivity, unwillingness to interact, and loss of appetite, immediately bring it to a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment if necessary.
History and Background
Green-Cheeked Amazon is native to northeastern Mexico, where they are seen in large flocks. However, in recent years, this species’ population is continuously declining. In fact, it is now considered an endangered parrot. Its current population is now at an alarming rate of 1000 to 2000 birds, which is still experiencing an ongoing decline. Aside from the illegal destruction of its natural habit, the main reason for population decline is illegal to export to countries such as the USA.