Green-Cheeked Amazon Parrot

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Green-Cheeked Amazon Parrot

The green-cheeked Amazon parrot is a type of parrot that hails from Mexico. This bird is a medium size and is a popular family pet.


Content List

1. Scientific & Common Names

2. Characteristics

a. Breeding

b. Behavior

3. History

4. Present Status

5. References


Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Psittaciformes

Family - Psittacidae

Subfamily - Arinae

Genus - Amazona

Species - A. viridigenalis.

Common Names - Green-cheeked Amazon, Red-crowned Amazon, Mexican Redhead Parrot, Red-crowned Parrot


Characteristics

The green-cheeked Amazon parrot is a medium-sized bird. This bird hails from Mexico and stands approximately 33 cm tall. This bird has a wingspan of about 40 cm. The green-cheeked Amazon parrot is green with a large, colorful head and a large, yellow bill to match.


Breeding

The green-cheeked Amazon parrot usually lays between two and four eggs at a time, and the incubation period for these eggs is approximately 28 days. Both mother and father help to raise the new family together. New green-cheeked Amazon parrots typically leave the nest at around three months of age.


Behavior

The green-cheeked Amazon parrot is a great family pet and is popular in homes in the United States. When in captivity, this parrot is prone to obesity, so it is very important to watch its diet. When in captivity, the green-cheeked Amazon parrot enjoys spending time with humans. This is a very playful bird and very easy to train when handled by a person who has knowledge of the breed and its temperament.


History

The green-cheeked Amazon parrot hails from Mexico and has a very long life span. Typically, this bird can live more than 60 years when in the wild. The bird is a popular family pet.


Present Status

Due to trapping and trade issues, some members of the green-cheeked Amazon parrot's family have been placed on the endangered species list. Several efforts are ongoing in an attempt to preserve this breed, and studies are being done to determine how many of these birds are left and how to protect those that remain. In addition, trade is being heavily regulated, and imports of these birds to other countries are being monitored. The green-cheeked Amazon parrot itself is fairly plentiful at this time.


References

http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=1669

http://birds.about.com/od/amazons/p/greencheekedamazon.htm

http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/amazons/GreenCheekAmazon.php

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/green-cheeked-amazon-2.aspx

http://www.parrots.org/index.php/encyclopedia/captivestatus/green_cheeked_amazon/