Every weekday I will feature a new animal and some quick interesting facts about them! I will sometimes also include photos, videos, or links to articles where you can learn more.
The amazon parrot belongs to the genus Amazona. There are around 30 species of Amazon parrot. You can see a list of them on Wikipedia: List of amazon parrots
Some of the amazon species commonly kept as pets include: Blue-fronted amazon, lilac-crowned amazon, red-lored amazon, orange-winged amazon, yellow-naped amazon, festive amazon, yellow-faced amazon, yellow-shouldered amazon, mealy amazon, spectacled or white-fronted amazon, green-cheeked amazon, and double yellow-headed amazon.
Some of the amazon parrot species are considered endangered or threatened with extinction. Captive breeding helps protect the wild populations so that more are not collected from the wild for the pet trade. If you are considering getting a pet parrot, always get a captive bred bird.
They are considered New World parrots and are native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. They can be found in tropical forests, mountains, wooded areas, and savannas.
Amazon parrots are medium to large-sized parrots. Depending on the species, they can be 10 to 18 inches long including the tail. Amazon parrots are usually mostly green with some accent colors. They have short, square-shaped tails.
They live in flocks and also mate for life. Amazons can live for 50 years or more. Their diet includes a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
Amazon parrots are very social, intelligent, curious, playful, and have outgoing personalities. They have excellent talking abilities, although it can vary depending on the individual parrot’s personality. They are usually very good at mimicking speech and other sounds.
Amazons can be very loud parrots. In the wild while out foraging for food, they will contact call each other to keep track of each other’s location. As a pet in a home, they will do the same thing with their owners. Many other parrot species do this as well.
As pets, parrots require much more attention and care than other pets such as dogs or cats. If you are thinking about getting a pet parrot, read this first: Things you must consider before getting a pet parrot