Hispaniolan Amazon

Hispaniolan Amazon

Scientific Name: Amazona ventralis

Origin: Dominican Republic

Average Lifespan: up to 50 – 60 years

Size: 11 to 11.2 inches

Color: mainly green

Sounds: chatterer

Interaction: Somewhat social

pair of Hispaniolan Amazon in cage

Photo: TJ Lin | Flickr

 

Physical Characteristics of Hispaniolan Amazon

Both male and female Hispaniolan Amazon have the same physical appearance and colors. The apparent difference between the two is that the male specie is larger with larger head and beak. The color is mostly green with white forehead and eyerings. The edgings on the feather are of bluish-black shade. Other colors present are the blue patches on the cheeks, black ear coverts, tiny maroon patches on the belly, and yellowish tips of the undertail. Their iris color is brown. The juvenile amazon have less maroon patches on the belly.

Personality and Temperament

This Amazon specie is described by bird experts as intelligent, inquisitive birds. The male Hispaniolan amazon can be aggressive particularly the mature ones and they are unlikely to become house pets. When acquired in a younger age, these birds can possibly be tamed especially if hand-reared and exposed to human interaction as they grow. They have the potential to become great talkers. They are active birds but they have the tendency to grow obese when improperly confined.

Health and Care

To further enrich their natural intelligence, Hispaniolan Amazon must be offered with mind stimulating toys and give them activities to exercise their thinking skills as these birds are very curious. Like other parrot species, they are chewers and it is important that you provide them with safe chewables such as block of woods or a small branch of tree.

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They also need some time out of its cage to help them exercise their physicality and explore other places in your home for further enrichment, but make sure that your house is bird-proofed so as not to put them in danger when they see something that attracts them like appliance cord, tiny object that could choke them when ingested, and other hazardous stuff. Supervise them when they are out of their cage.

For young birds, it is important that you socialize them to people and expose them to the things around so they can adapt to certain situations and become a better household pet. Hand-rearing is a good method of caring for them so that they could build a bond with you.

Their diet must consist of healthy and specially-formulated bird seeds and pellet mix. Always include fruits and vegetables. They are heavy-bodied birds that is why it is important that their food intake must be monitored as well as their weight because their specie is known to be prone to obesity when in captive care. As much as possible, do not offer seeds that are high in fat such as sunflower and safflower seeds. Offer them these seeds as treats or in monitored servings.

Due to their heavy body, do not remove so much feather when grooming them as it will limit their ability to carry themselves when flying or jumping.

History and Background

In the wild or in aviaries, these birds usually appear in pairs. They nest in tree cavities and feed on seeds of oranges and citrus. They also feed on figs and bananas. Sometimes, they are also seen resting in rock cavities.

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Due to the man-imposed damages inflicted in their natural habitat, hunting, and illegal pet trade, the population of these birds in the wild is diminishing in a fast phase. Furthermore, the ability of this specie to breed is not as easy as other Amazon species that is why a breeding pair must be separated from the other birds and must be monitored regularly. A female Hispaniolan Amazon can lay up to 4 eggs per clutch. The incubation period could last to 25 days up to 29 days.

 

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