Red-browed amazon

Red-browed amazon

Scientific Name: Amazona rhodocorytha
Origin: Eastern Brazil
Average Lifespan: 20 to 50 years
Size: 15 inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Chatterer
Interaction: Somewhat Social

red-browed amazon parrot species

Photo: Florin Feneru | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of the Red-browed Amazon

The Red-browed Amazon is considered as one of the largest species of Amazon parrots. A fully grown mature parrot of this specie has the length between 13 inches to almost 16 inches from head to the tip of its tail. It could go as heavy as 375 grams up to 650 grams. The male specie is commonly the bigger and heavier.

The general plumage of this bird is green in color. The forehead and crown area has a striking red color that makes this specie easy to identify. This red marking is also present on the nape but the shading is lighter compared to the forehead. There are also some tinges of blue. The cheeks and neck is blue and the lore is yellow-orange color. The upper and the lower beak are different in color as the upper is horn-colored while the lower is somewhat pinkish. They have large eyes with iris that is orange-brown in color. The legs are grey.

Both males and female Red-browed Amazon are almost similar in appearance. The minimal difference is the yellow lore of the female extends down to the throat while the males have blue lower lore area. However, this difference will not guarantee accurate bird gender identification which only DNA sexing can provide. Juvenile birds may look like mature birds but the hind crown area is dull green.

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Personality and Temperament

The Red-browed Amazon can display aggressive behavior (typical in most  Amazon species) because it belongs to some of the “hormonal” species of Amazon. These birds have the ability to learn to use its beak against human when they want tell us to back off or when they don’t want to be handled. This kind of behavior is present in younger birds but they can carry this attitude when they grow that is why training and guiding your pet is the key to minimize this aggressive behavior. Though aggressive at times, these birds can be tamed when training them early on in life. Hand-rearing is the key in taming even the other species of Amazon.

These Amazons are excessive chewers even when they become mature birds. They are very inquisitive when it comes to objects and its surroundings. Their eagerness and curiosity can lead to chewing off things at your home that they will find interesting such as electric cords and other stuff.

Health and Care

The Red-browed Amazon is now considered highly endangered. Having them as pets at home are not advisable as they need to be bred in captivity that has well-managed rehabilitation programs for birds that are in the endangered list. Amazon parrots can be aggressive but they can also display a gentle personality towards their handlers.

Their diet must be proper at all times because since these birds are large and when in captivity, they have the tendency to become obese birds. Their diet may include fruits like pear, orange, apple, banana, pomegranate, and cactus fruits if available. Offering them vegetables is also recommended. These veggies include carrot, green peas, celery, corn, and some beans. You may also offer highly formulated parrot seed mixes from time to time. Always make sure to clean their cage regularly because they can be messy at times due to the food they eat.

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History and Background

This Amazon specie is endemic in Brazil and South America in the humid lowlands forests. The fast decline of the population of Red-browed Amazon started around the year of 1930 and until now, breeders are encountering some difficulty in breeding this specie. Being an endangered specie, the common causes of this decline pattern is due to destruction of their natural habitat, trapping of wild birds for the purpose of pet trade.

There are other names associated with this Amazon specie such as Red-topped Amazon or Red-crowned Amazon. This specie has been linked not too long ago to the Blue-cheeked Amazon as one of its sub-species until they become a single species.

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