Red-lored Amazon

Red-lored Amazon

Scientific Name: Amazona autumnalis
Origin: Mexico and Ecuador
Average Lifespan: Up to 75 years
Size: Up to 13 inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Whistler
Interaction: Social

red-lored amazon parrots

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Physical Characteristics Red-lored Amazon

The Red-lored Amazon could grow as much as 13 to 14 inches in length from head to tail and weigh between 300 to 500 grams. Its general plumage is green; the forehead is red while the crown is blue with thick feathers. Their cheeks are bright yellow. The beak has two shades; the lower part is gray horn while the upper part of the beak is a lightly colored horn shade. The feet color is light to dark gray.

Both genders of this specie look very similar and the only difference is the color of their iris (females have brown while males have golden iris). However, the iris color could sometimes be hard to determine leaving the breeder unsure of the breed. So to accurately identify the sex of the bird, DNA sexing has to be done. Young birds that haven’t reached sexual maturity can be identified through color. Young birds have lesser red on the forehead, lesser yellow on the cheeks, and have dark irises.

Personality and Temperament

This specie of Amazon can be great house pets because of their pleasant disposition and social qualities. They are fond of human companions and they show the least level of aggression compared to majority of the Amazon species. The Red-lored Amazon parrot is gentle, affectionate, loyal, and amiable. They are smart and proactive. They also have a clowny personality and love to play and goof around.

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Being social birds, they can be housed in the same aviary with different non-aggressive species. As pets, they can create a trusting bond with their handler. They can do well both inside and outside the cage, playpen, or in aviary. These birds are potential great talkers through proper training.

One of the challenges in caring for this bird type is the loud vocalization and the tendency to bite (this happens when they discover the use of their beaks to discipline us).  This biting behavior can be dealt with through proper guidance and basic training in which this specie responds very well.

Health and Care

Their diet must consist of fruits, nuts, and seeds. Occasionally provide them with food they normally eat in the wild such as cactus fruits, corns, and seed mixes. Fruits and veggies they like are apple, pear, banana, orange, pomegranate, carrot, celery, beans, greens, and peas.

Another challenge in raising this specie is their urge for chewing which they almost never outgrow. They can chew on their cage and perches so it is important to provide them with safe chewables or fresh wood branch if necessary. They can destroy thing around your house by chewing so it is important to keep away those things that can do harm whenever your parrot is exploring your home during their out of the cage  time. Provide them as much as possible with some enrichment activities like a shallow pan to bathe and safe bird toys.

History and Background

The Red-lored Amazon is also known as the Yellow-cheek Amazon parrot. In its native land they normally gather in groups and create a very noisy sound all together. However, as house pets they seldom create the kind of loud noise they do in the wild but their sound is still at noise level.  They do their vocalization early in the morning and right before the sun sets. This vocalization schedule normally takes up to 10 minutes, sometimes more and sometimes less.

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They are not one of the best talkers among the Amazon species, but through training and depending on the bird’s unique individuality. They have the potential to talk few words and sentences and mimic sounds.

A female Red-lored Amazon parrot can produce 3 to 4 eggs in a single clutch in which she incubates for around 26 days. The chicks will the start to fledge at 8 to 9 weeks or around 60 days after being hatched.

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