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Lilac-crowned Amazon

 (Amazona finschi)

Also known as: Lilac-crowned Parrot, Finsch's Parrot, Pacific Parrot, Wood's Red-fronted Parrot (A.f. woodi)

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Feral Lilac-crowned Amazon in Los Angeles, South California
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The Lilac-crowned Amazon exists in feral (non-native) populations in Los Angeles, CA.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona finschi

Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: finschi

Size:

33 cm (12.8 in)

Weight:

325g (11.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: A.f. finschi, A.f. woodi

Colourization Adult:

A.f. finschi: Both adults body green, with feathers edged black; maroon forehead, forecrown and lores; back of crown to sides of nape and neck blue/lilac; bases of secondary feathers 1-5 red, the remainder green; tail green. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring pale grey, eye orange.
A.f. woodi: Both adults greener and less yellowish; frontal band thinner and duller.

Colourization Juvenile:

Immature as in adult but duller with dark brown eye and white eye-ring and cere.

Call:

Screeching while in flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Arkive
AvianWeb

Research "Influence of environmental variability on the growth of Liliac-crowned Parrot nestlings"

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8426, Lilac-crowned Parrot Amazona finschi, Kincaid, Edgar, Jalisco, Mexico, Jun. 23 1957, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.

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Feral Lilac-crowned Amazon in Los Angeles, South California
© Bowles/Erickson | www.amazornia.com

Did You Know?

The Lilac-crowned Amazon exists in feral (non-native) populations in Los Angeles, CA.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona finschi

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common in US, fairly common in Europe.

Longevity:

40-60 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage with a minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 % of the diet; fresh vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas, beans, fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet and limited mixed seed, cooked beans and pulses, complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Loves to chew; bathing; foot toys, destructible (non-toxic) toys, non-destructible (non-toxic plastic) toys, food-finder toys, preening toys, different texture and size hanging perch toys, fir branches, push-and-pull toys (sliding up and down), vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box, 12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

3

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

54-60 days

Hatch Weight:

11g (0.4 oz)

Peak Weight:

309-370g (10.8-13 oz)

Weaning Weight:

270-280g (9.5-9.8 oz)

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Feral Lilac-crowned Amazon in Los Angeles, South California
© Bowles/Erickson | www.amazornia.com

Did You Know?

The Lilac-crowned Amazon exists in feral (non-native) populations in Los Angeles, CA.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona finschi

Species Wild Status

World Population:

7000-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Large scale habitat loss, trapping for wild bird trade.

Range:

A.f. finschi: CW and SW Mexico; feral populations reported in various areas in US.
A.f. woodi: NW Mexico.

Habitat:

Found in wooded hills and mountains, from tropical zone in lower areas to woods in the uplands. From 600-2000m (1968-6560 ft).

Wild Diet:

Feeding not well documented but figs reported taken and feeding in cultivated areas causes damage to banana and maize crops.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in pairs or small flocks but larger groups form in dry season, 300-1000 reported.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3, rounded eggs, 37.0 x 29.0mm (1.4 x 1.1 in).

Breeding Season:

March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb
Research: Climatic variability, nest predation, and reproductive output of Lilac-crowned Parrots in tropical dry forest in western Mexico
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Feral Lilac-crowned Amazon in Los Angeles, South California
© Bowles/Erickson | www.amazornia.com

Did You Know?

The Lilac-crowned Amazon exists in feral (non-native) populations in Los Angeles, CA.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona finschi

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