10 Most Common Amazon Parrot Species as Pets

Both Central America and South America are home to Amazon populations. Both Joseph M. Forshaw’s Parrots of the World and Dieter Hoppe’s The World of Amazon Parrots feature a total of 27 different Amazon species in their respective books. Both texts then proceed to enumerate anything from one to many sub-species of each species, depending on which one they are discussing. There are a few different species listed in the Lexicon of Parrots, but other specialists believe there are even more, which would raise the overall number of Amazons to an even greater extent. If you are considering bringing an Amazon into your home but aren’t sure which species to choose, we are going to focus on the ten species that are the most prevalent among those that belong to this genus.

The basic hue of the orange-winged Amazon’s plumage is green, and it is 12 12 inches in length. There are three subspecies of the Amazona amazonica species. In addition to having yellow cheeks, their brows and crowns have a colour that varies between blue and yellow. The tips of their wings have a yellowish-green color with some red on them. The tip of their beak is a darker color than the rest of the horn-colored beak. Many people believe the Orange Wing Amazon to be a family-friendly amazon with a pleasant disposition and a playful and outgoing attitude. Orange Wings have a lot of potential to become excellent communicators. Prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with the differences between this species and the Blue Fronts, which are sometimes mistaken with one another.

Amazona aestiva, often known as the Blue-Fronted Amazon, has a length of 14 inches with a basic body color of green. There are two subspecies of this species. The crown is bright blue and yellow, and it sits atop the head. The leading edge of their wings is red, and there may be some yellow in there as well. The beaks of these birds are black, and there is a touch of crimson at the base of the tail feathers. In the Amazona aestiva xanthopteryx subspecies, the bend of the wings is yellow, and there is sometimes a hint of red in there as well. If they are socialized at a young age, Blue Fronts have the potential to be extremely good talkers and are typically even-tempered and pleasant with all of their humans.

The Mealy Amazon (Amazona farinosa, which has five subspecies) has a length of 15 and a half inches and is primarily green with a grayish tinge. They have red feathering around the edges of their wings, and their tails end in a band that is yellow and green. The head has some yellow feathering on it. The beak is a color similar to that of a black horn. There is no yellow on the crown of the Amazona farinosa inornata, while another subspecies of this species has a bluish coloration on the neck and the crown. Mealies are frequently thought to be one of the friendliest Amazons, despite the fact that they are not quite as prevalent as some of the other Amazons. They might be a touch on the rowdy side, but they more than make up for it with their laid-back personalities and the fact that they make wonderful additions to families.

The White-fronted, White-browed, or Spectacled Amazon (Amazona albifrons – 3 subspecies) is around 10 inches in length and has a blue-green crown along with a white forehead. The feathering surrounding the eye areas and the wing edges are both crimson in coloration on this creature. A yellowish hue can be seen on the beak. These Amazons are also known for their levelheaded discourse.

The Green-Cheeked, Red-Crowned, or Mexican Red-headed Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis) has a length of 13 inches and has a vivid red crown, forehead, and lores. Additionally, a half-moon shaped blue-violet band extends into the cheek area of this species. The beak is yellow in color, while the primary covert colors are blue and red. I would describe these Amazons as being on the more boisterous side, but they are good talkers and quite good-natured birds overall. The children I’ve brought up have always been quite kind and have shown a natural capacity to communicate. Bonnie, our Green-Cheek Amazon who is over 60 years old and has very little to say for herself, but she more than makes up for it with her incredibly, really kind and kind attitude. During the breeding season, even our male breeders show very little sign of aggressive behavior. Because immature Green-cheeks and Lilac-crowned Amazons are sometimes mistaken with one another, prospective purchasers should ensure that they are aware of the distinction between the two species before making a purchase.

The Lilac-crowned Amazon, also known as the Finsch Amazon (Amazona finschi, of which there are two subspecies), has a length of 13 inches, a forehead that is reddish-brown, and a crown that has a bluish or lilac colored band in the shape of a half-moon. These Amazons have a nice disposition and a passable capacity to communicate verbally.

The Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis, which includes four subspecies) measures 13 inches in length and has a flaming red forehead. They have vivid blue feathers on their crown and some of the feathers on their neck, their cheeks are yellow, and their wings have some red and blue-black coloration on them. They have a beak that is a dark horn color. There are some color variants within the subspecies, including one that does not have the yellow colour on the cheeks. These lovely Amazons have an easygoing demeanor and a moderate capacity for conversation, making them an excellent option despite their tendency toward reserved behavior.

The Yellow-Crowned Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala, which includes nine subspecies) has a length of approximately 13 12 inches on average and has brilliant red wing edge. The underside of the tail is a yellowish-green color, and each of the tail feathers has a small red dot at the base of it. The base of the upper jaw and a section of the upper mandible itself have a pink color, whereas the beak is a dark gray color. One of the subspecies has a golden forehead and a darker, more pointed beak that looks like a horn. Two of the subspecies have yellow necks and beaks that are the color of horns; their size ranges from 15 to 16 inches, making them significantly larger than the nominate. Yellow Crowns have the potential to develop into exceptionally articulate individuals.

Two of the most well-known Yellow-crowned subspecies are actually two of the most well-known Yellow-crowned subspecies overall. The Yellow-naped Amazon, also known as Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata, comes in first, followed by the Double Yellow-headed Amazon in second place (Amazona ochrocephala oratrix). It is common knowledge that the males of both of these groups have a reputation for being troublemakers. Adult Yellow Napes and Double Yellow Heads Amazons that are in the middle of their hormonal breeding season should be the primary focus of your attention as these Amazons have the potential to become extremely difficult to handle at times. Females in these groups may be slightly less aggressive during the breeding season; nonetheless, this should not lead one to believe that acquiring a female will ensure that they will never experience any difficulties. As a breeder of Yellow Nape Amazons, I find that out of all the Amazons I am familiar with, they are the most delightful, fun-loving clowns. Not all female Yellow Napes and Double Yellow Heads remain placid, and not all male Yellow Napes and Double Yellow Heads turn into aggressive maniacs. Each bird has its own unique characteristics. In terms of their ability to talk, I regard these Amazons to be unparalleled among Amazons. My little Nape Shasta, who is only 4 years old, already knows close to 400 words. She is able to sing the entire verse of six different songs and can do so perfectly word for word. However, she frequently enjoys mixing the songs together and singing silly songs such as “We wish you a Merry Jingle Bell” or “Old MacDonald had a doggie in the window, arf arf,” and then checking to see if anyone heard her new song. She enjoys putting on a show and being the center of attention for all to see.

Amazons can range in size from approximately 10 inches to 16 inches and have a very long lifespan; there have been accounts of Amazons living to be 100 years old or older. Amazons can be found in South and Central America. As was said earlier, certain species are known by more than one common name, and it is not always easy to determine what sort of Amazon you are looking at because of this. Even though every Amazon is an individual, particular species are recognized for various behaviors, abilities, or issues, and anybody who is interested in adding an Amazon to their household should read as much as they can and do as much research as they can before acquiring a bird. Amazons are easygoing individuals that enjoy having a good time and may be wonderful additions to any household because of their willingness to go with the flow. They require nice, roomy cages with lots of toys to chew on, beat up, seek out and destroy, preen, and sometimes just bully each other because of their extroverted nature and desire to be in the middle of the action. Amazons are not known for being quiet birds; nevertheless, if they are provided with enough of opportunities for playful behavior during the day, they rarely resort to screaming. Amazons are known to be fairly talkative in the morning and evening as they express their happiness with life. They need to be adequately socialized from an early age in order for more than one individual to be able to handle them successfully. No matter what time of year it is, my Blue Front P.J., who is now 18 years old, has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior. During the springtime, he does get more destructive toward his toys and more noisy, but he does not grow violent toward his human companions. On the other hand, Ronnie, our 22-year-old Yellow Nape, has been known to lose his fury during specific periods of the year despite the fact that he has not been provoked in any way. Once you learn their body language, Amazon parrots will always warn you when they are in a bad mood, which is one reason why they are sometimes referred to as the “honest parrot.” All that is required of you is to pay attention. Because Amazons have a propensity to gain a little bit of weight as they get older, it is imperative that in addition to the value of play, they have a diet that is both diverse and regulated so as to avoid becoming obese. Amazons can have very forceful personalities, and when they want something, they want to have it immediately upon deciding what it is that they desire. They are extremely bright parrots that can be demanding, loud, disruptive, affectionate, humorous, playful, full of songs and dialogues, and unquestionably an expressive individual. Although Amazons are not for everyone, if you choose to share your life with one, it can be the most rewarding experience ever.

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