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Puerto Rican Amazon  

Also Known As: Puerto Rican Parrot, Red-fronted Amazon
 
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Puerto Rican Amazon Male

Credit: © Marie Stafford

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Hurricanes are a major threat to the Puerto Rican Amazon and many other Central American parrot species.

Species Profile
Genus:
Amazona

Species:
vittata

Size: Adult Weight:
29 cm (11.3 in) 320g (11.2 oz)

Races including nominate:
one, subspecies gracilipes extinct.

Colourization Adult:
A.v. vittata: both adults mostly green, medium sized parrots; yellow on underparts, the feathers scalloped with soft black; red lores and frontal band; dark blue primary coverts and primary feathers; tail green with red at base. Bill yellow/horn in colour. Eye ring white. Eye brown. A.v. graciliceps (extinct): both adults as in vittata but smaller in size and with smaller, more slender feet.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adults but with pale yellow bill with grey at base of upper mandible.

Call: Large range of whistles, squawks, horn like sounds; complex repertoire which may be individual to each bird.

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Content Sources:

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre http://www.unep-wcmc.org/

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1666&m=0

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

ML Media Collection Catalogue 8467, Puerto Rican Parrot Amazona vittata, Kepler, Cameron, Puerto Rico, Jan. 26 1971, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.