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Southern Festive Amazon

 (Amazona festiva)

Also known as: Festive Parrot, Red-backed Amazon or Parrot

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The Festive Amazon is the only Amazon species with a red back and rump.

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Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: festiva

Size:

34cm (13.3 in)

Weight:

370g (13 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults plumage green, the feathers of the neck faintly edged dusty black; wing coverts thinly edged yellow/green; lores and narrow frontal stripe dark red; blue above and behind eyes, sometimes bisecting occiput; blue chin; red lower back and rump; primary coverts violet/blue, edged green; primary feathers violet/blue; tail green. Bill grey/black. Eye ring grey, eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but duller; green lower back and rump with a few red feathers; some dull red at concealed bases of lateral tail feathers. Eye brown.

Call:

Call is nasal wah-wah in flight. Also wide variety of calls including screeches.

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More Information:

AvianWeb
Arkive
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Amazona Society
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 64703, Festive Amazon Amazona festiva, Zimmer, Kevin, Amazonas, Brazil, Jan. 20 1993, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Did You Know?

The Festive Amazon is the only Amazon species with a red back and rump.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona festiva

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

40 or more yrs.

Housing:

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

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, etc, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetable such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans, fresh corn, etc; also green leaves of Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; mix of small seeds: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower; limited sunflower, soaked, dry or sprouted; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; limited cubed hard cheese; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

3

Incubation Time:

28 days

Fledging Age:

Assume 8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

15g (0.5 oz) (bodini)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Did You Know?

The Festive Amazon is the only Amazon species with a red back and rump.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona festiva

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation in the Amazon basin as land is cleared for agriculture. Also susceptible to trade and hunting.

Range:

Found in Amazon River drainage from mouth at Ilha do Mixiana, NE Brazil, west to SE Colombia, in Vaupes and Amazonas, E Ecuador, mainly along Rios Napo and Auarico and tributaries in Sucumbios and E Napo, and NE Peru, in Loreto.

Habitat:

Found up to 500m (1640 ft) in varzea forest, riparian secondary growth and river islands. Rarely far from water. Less commonly in gallery woodland or savanna with scattered trees, and plantations.

Wild Diet:

Fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, flowers and leaf buds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Habits poorly known, appears to be resident, with possible movements at extreme ends of range; usually in pairs or small flocks, but with large groups gathering at communal roosts for the night or at a localized food source. Often approachable. Noisy at dusk when coming to roost.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3, size unknown.

Breeding Season:

Not available

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Research: Genetic variability in three Amazon parrot species

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