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Black-billed Amazon  

Also Known As: Black-billed Parrot, All-green Amazon, Active Amazon

Black-billed Amazon

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The courtship display of the Black-billed Amazon is unlike that of other amazons - the male charges at the female and sways from side to side with a stiff-legged awkward motion, sometimes jumping over the female.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
25cm (9.75 in) Not available

Races including nominate:

Colourization Adult: Male-plumage green with yellow/green on underparts; neck feathers softly dusted with black; red primary coverts; green tail with red at base. Bill grey, paler at base. Eye ring dark grey, eye dark brown. Female-as in male but with some primary coverts green instead of red.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adults but all primary coverts green.

Call: Bugling while in flight. While perched growls and rumbles. Other notes sharp and screechy. Call notes higher pitched than calls of Yellow-billed Amazon.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 56150 Black-billed Parrot (Amazona agilis), Macaulay, Linda, Manchester, Jamaica, Feb. 24, 1992, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.