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Imperial Amazon  

Also Known As: Sisserou, August Amazon (Parrot), Dominican Amazon (Parrot)

Imperial Amazon

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Did You Know?
The Imperial Amazon is the largest of the amazons at 45cm (17.5 in), 900g (31.5 oz).

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
48 cm (18.7 in) 900g (31.5 oz) - males 650g (22.75 oz) - females

Races including nominate:

Colourization Adult: Both adults brown/purple forehead and lores, becoming browner on cheeks to ear coverts; burgundy/maroon crown and neck, washed with green/blue, the feathers edged with black; breast and abdomen dark lilac/purple, the feathers edged dusty black; olive/green lower underparts, feathers tipped green/blue; upperparts dark green, feathers edged black; secondary feathers 1-3 dark burgundy at bases, the remaining secondaries green; red carpal edge; tail red/brown. Bill grey/horn. Eye-ring grey/brown, eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but duller; face dull red/brown; occiput to hindneck green; area behind cheeks tinged with green. Eye brown.

Call: Wide variety of calls including whistles, shrieks and squawks. Often loud, but also can be squeaky.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 37824, Imperial Parrot Amazona imperialis, Robbins, Mark, Dominica, Apr. 9 1987, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.