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Blue-cheeked Amazon

 (Amazona dufresniana)

Also known as: Blue-cheeked Parrot, Dufresne's Amazon or Parrot

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Blue-cheeked Amazon pair
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Did You Know?

The first known hatch of a captive Blue-cheeked Amazon in the USA occurred on May 22, 2006.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona dufresniana

Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: dufresniana

Size:

34cm (13.3 in)

Weight:

480-600g (16.8-21 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults green body, feathers of neck to mantle scalloped dusky black; forehead and lores orange/yellow; feathers of crown and occiput yellow, widely edged dull green; forecheeks to under eye bright blue; lower cheeks to ear coverts violet/blue; carpal edge green/yellow; secondary feathers 1 to 5 bright yellow, the remainder green. Tail green, the side feathers widely tipped yellow/green, and faint orange marking on inner webs of four outer feathers. Bill grey with pink/red at base of upper mandible. Eye ring grey, eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but duller; forehead and lores dull yellow; crown and occiput green; lower cheeks to ear coverts green, slightly washed blue; less yellow on outer secondary feathers. Bill pale pink tinged grey. Eye ring grey/white, eye brown.

Call:

Trilling call cheeet cheeeet cheeet followed by whistle.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Arkive
Avibase
Lexicon of Parrots
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
About: Pet Birds
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 131039, Blue-cheeked Parrot Amazona dufresniana, Robbins, Mark, Guyana, Aug. 26 1998, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989. 2010 issue
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Blue-cheeked Amazon pair
© By TJ Lin via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The first known hatch of a captive Blue-cheeked Amazon in the USA occurred on May 22, 2006.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona dufresniana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Very rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in aviary or enclosure, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft) or aviary or suspended cage, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, banana, etc, forming about 30% of diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans, fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; spray millet; mix of small seeds: canary, millet, smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower; limited sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses; limited cubed hard cheese; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Assume 24-26 days.

Fledging Age:

Assume 8-10 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

15g (0.5 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Blue-cheeked Amazon pair
© By TJ Lin via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The first known hatch of a captive Blue-cheeked Amazon in the USA occurred on May 22, 2006.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona dufresniana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Possible decline from trapping for wild bird trade, and habitat loss.

Range:

Exact range uncertain; recorded from N Guyana, NE Surinam, NE French Guiana and E Venezuela in La Gran Sabana and area of Sierra de Lema, E Bolivar; possibly in NE Brazil in northern Amapa to northern Roraima.

Habitat:

Found up to 1700m (5576 ft). Occurs in rainforest and cloudforest in lower subtropical zone and from savanna woodlands in Venezuela. Guianas birds found in gallery forest.

Wild Diet:

Not available

Ecology and Behaviour:

Habits not well known; probably resident with seasonal movements. Said to visit coastal forests in July-August. Found in pairs or small flocks with larger groups at communal roost at night. Keeps mainly to canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

March, Guyana.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Research: The Blue-cheeked Amazon: A review

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Blue-cheeked Amazon pair
© By TJ Lin via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The first known hatch of a captive Blue-cheeked Amazon in the USA occurred on May 22, 2006.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona dufresniana

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