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Puerto Rican Amazon  

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

Puerto Rican Amazon Male

Credit: © Marie Stafford

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

Species Profile


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


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

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.