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Hispaniolan Amazon

 (Amazona ventralis)

Also known as: Hispaniolan Parrot, Salle's Amazon or Parrot, Santo Domingo Amazon

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Hispaniolan Amazons
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Did You Know?

The incubation period for the eggs of the Hispaniolan Amazon is 27-29 days, longer than most parrots.

Academic Research

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Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: ventralis

Size:

28cm (11 in)

Weight:

250g (8.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green, with black edges to feathers of head, breast and underparts; white forehead and lores; dull blue crown and upper cheeks, black edging on feathers; black ear coverts; spot on chin red; lower abdomen has maroon patch which varies in size from bird to bird; green tail with red at base. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring white. Eye dark brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but blue on crown minimal or absent; white forehead often washed with yellow; patch on abdomen minimal or absent. Upper mandible has grey at base.

Call:

Calls are described as loud, continuous screeching while in flight; often a soft chatter or growl while at rest or feeding. Males at the beginning of breeding season produce melodic chattering sounds.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Arkive
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 35330, Hispaniolan Parrot Amazona ventralis, Parker, Theodore A., III, Dominican Republic, Mar. 20 1985, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi, Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Hispaniolan Amazons
© TJ Lin, Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The incubation period for the eggs of the Hispaniolan Amazon is 27-29 days, longer than most parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona ventralis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

50+yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, metal construction, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower, and a little hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; limited cubed cheese; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Extremely vigorous chewer so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine or willow branches and perches, heat sterlized pine cones, wood and vegetable tanned leather toys, foraging/puzzle toys, swings, ropes and ladders. Also provide overhead misters or shallow bowls of water for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 10" x 10" x 24" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

27-29 days

Fledging Age:

9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

10g (0.35 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Hispaniolan Amazons
© TJ Lin, Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The incubation period for the eggs of the Hispaniolan Amazon is 27-29 days, longer than most parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona ventralis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000-20,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is threatened by clearance of habitat for agriculture, charcoal production, persecution and hunting, and trapping for the wild bird trade.

Range:

Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), including Grande Cayemite, Gonave, Saona and Beata Islands, Greater Antilles, West Indies.

Habitat:

Found up to 1500m (4920 ft) in various habitats including from arid lowland palm savannas to upland pine forest and humid mountain forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, fruits, citrus, maize and bananas.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in pairs while breeding, at other times in small groups of up to a dozen birds. Within the flock pairs and families are clearly identified from the rest of the group. Extremely territorial when breeding.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 eggs, 35.5 x 27.5mm (1.4 x 1.1 in).

Breeding Season:

February-May

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Hispaniolan Amazons
© TJ Lin, Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The incubation period for the eggs of the Hispaniolan Amazon is 27-29 days, longer than most parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona ventralis

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