Red-crowned Amazon

Red-crowned Amazon
Scientific Name: Amazona viridigenalis
Origin: Mexico
Average Lifespan: 50 years or more
Size: Up to 13 inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Whistler
Interaction: Highly Social

Photo: Susan Young |Flickr

Physical Characteristics of Red-crowned Amazon

The color of the body feather of a Red-crowned Amazon is mainly green like majority of other Amazon species. What makes them distinct and attractive is their blue band right beside their eye going to their ears, upper cheeks, and down to the sides of their nape. The prominent red colored feathers on their forehead and crown is also one of their key distinct features in which they are very known for. They have yellow-colored beaks and eyes.

These birds could grow in length for about 12 inches and could weigh as heavy as 10 oz. The female of this specie has less red markings on their forehead which is also similar to the juvenile ones. The younger birds that haven’t reached their sexual maturity have pale gray eyes.

Personality and Temperament

This Amazon specie is ideal for keeping as house pets because of their playful personality. They are affectionate to humans and can become very loyal to their owners and handlers. They could be very naughty and playful at times that is why guiding their behavior as they grow old is important because it could lead them to behavioral problems. Caring for them requires time and attention for socialization and interaction.

They are known for being social and enjoys human companionship, however, there are also times when they want to be left alone. You will recognize this behavior through their gestures such as expanding their wings and tail feather, and their eye structure changes. They rarely show signs of aggressiveness but this could be common during their breeding season where some hormonal changes take place.

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These birds could be hand held and petted and they like to be touched on the face when socializing with their owner. Some owners of this specie would do some activities with them such as watching TV and eating. They can become great talkers but they are best in mimicking sounds.

Health and Care

With their cheerful and playful personality, these birds could easily get depressed when neglected. If you are dealing with a rescued bird, care and interaction may require extra special effort so the bird could recover from the past experience or from stress induced by trauma.

They are excessive chewers and never outgrows being one that is why discipline and training may be necessary because they are prone to damaging things around your house by just merely chewing on it. Provide them with fresh woods to help them with their urge to chew and also for their daily beak exercise. You can also provide them with safe to chew toys for their amusement and to keep them occupied. A large cage is important for any kinds of Amazon parrots because they need to expand their wings and move from one place to another to exercise their body and maintain a healthy well-being.

Their diet must consist of highly formulated parrot seed mix and combine similar diet they eat in the wild such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, nectars, berries, and seeding grasses. You may also offer them steamed chicken meat sometimes to add protein on their diet.

History and Background

The Red-crowned Amazon is also known as the Red Head Amazon and Green-cheeked Amazon basing on their physical features. They originated from the lowlands of Northeastern Mexico to Veracruz but their population in their native land is known to diminish because of illegal pet trade and forest destruction. At present, reported number of this specie in their homeland is around 3000 to 6000 but the number is expected to decrease. In Southern California, the safety of this specie from being extinct has been rehabilitated. Since it was introduced to the community of breeders their numbers in the urban communities has been salvaged.

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In the wild, their form in large flocks with different Amazon species of the same temperament. They are usually very noisy, creating screeching, high pitched sound in the morning and evening as these are the times where they do their vocalization. Female parrots could produce up to 4 eggs incubated with 28 days. Young birds will reach sexual maturity at the age of 5 years.

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