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Red-necked Amazon

 (Amazona arausiaca)

Also known as: Red-necked Parrot, Dominican Blue-faced Amazon or Parrot, Lesser Dominican Amazon or Parrot, Bouquet's Amazon or Parrot

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Red-necked Amazons in the wild
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The reproductivity of the Red-necked Amazon in the wild is quite low - this species probably has only one clutch every second year and usually only one young fledged per nest - which places further stress on a declining population.

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Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: arausiaca

Size:

40cm (15.6 in)

Weight:

620g (21.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults body colour green, the feathers of the nape, neck, and mantle edged with dusty black; purple/blue face; red foreneck; secondary feathers 1-3 red turning into yellow and tipped with purple/blue, secondary feather 4 yellow tinged with green and tipped with purple/blue, the remaining secondary feathers green; green tail with red at base. Bill horn coloured and tipped with grey. Eye ring pale grey. Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

In general duller than the adults; red on foreneck minimal or absent. Eye brown.

Call:

Made in flight or when perched are drawn out, two syllable notes; more high-pitched than that of the Imperial Amazon.

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Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Rare Species Conservatory Foundation

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 93375, Red-necked Parrot Amazona arausiaca, Gulledge, James, Dominica, Dec. 16 1993, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Red-necked Amazons in the wild
© Steve Martin

Did You Know?

The reproductivity of the Red-necked Amazon in the wild is quite low - this species probably has only one clutch every second year and usually only one young fledged per nest - which places further stress on a declining population.

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Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona arausiaca

Species Care

Captive Status:

Very rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft). Metal construction essential.

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranates, cactus fruits, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary, and smaller amounts of buckwheat, safflower and oats; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; limited cubed hard cheese; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Are vigorous chewers so provide heat sterilized pine cones, bird-safe fir, willow, elder or pine branches, vegetable tanned leather chew toys and wood block toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 14" x 14" x 48" (35.5cm x 35.5cm x 122cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

Probably 28 days

Fledging Age:

Probably 10-11 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Red-necked Amazons in the wild
© Steve Martin

Did You Know?

The reproductivity of the Red-necked Amazon in the wild is quite low - this species probably has only one clutch every second year and usually only one young fledged per nest - which places further stress on a declining population.

Programs & Projects

WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona arausiaca

Species Wild Status

World Population:

1200 - 1500

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Habitat loss due to agriculture, mainly banana plantations. Hurricanes have also reduced population numbers.

Range:

Dominica, Lesser Antilles, West Indies.

Habitat:

Found from 300-800m (984-2624 ft) in the canopy of mountain rainforest, preferring Dacryodes excelsa stands. Formerly a regular visitor to coastal areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits, buds and some cultivated oranges.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in pairs or small groups with larger flocks formed outside of breeding season. Roosts at traditional communal sites used from year to year. Feeds in early morning and evening.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2

Breeding Season:

February-June

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Arkive
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Red-necked Amazons in the wild
© Steve Martin

Did You Know?

The reproductivity of the Red-necked Amazon in the wild is quite low - this species probably has only one clutch every second year and usually only one young fledged per nest - which places further stress on a declining population.

Programs & Projects

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Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona arausiaca

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