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Yellow-lored Amazon

 (Amazona xantholora)

Also known as: Yellow-lored Parrot, Yucatan Amazon or Parrot

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In the wild the Yellow-lored Amazon looks more streamlined in its body shape than other Amazons do, suggesting it spends more time on the wing.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: xantholora

Size:

26cm (10 in)

Weight:

200-232g (7-8.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-green plumage, with feathers strongly edged dusty black; white forehead and forecrown; yellow lores; area around eyes to upper cheeks red; ear coverts black; primary coverts red; tail green with red at base. Bill dull yellow. Eye ring pale grey. Eye yellow/brown.  Female-soft blue forehead and forecrown; faint red underneath eye to upper cheeks; ear coverts dark grey; green primary coverts intermixed with red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female but with yellow lores scattered with green; upper cheeks green with sprinkling of red. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls loud and varied. Include squealing, barking, harsh crack, crack notes, loud trilling notes, short sharp sounds and trumpeting notes.

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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 133165, Yellow-lored Parrot Amazona xantholora, Andersen, Michael, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Mar. 15 2003, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
Genus Amazona, Stoodley and Stoodley, 1990.

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Yellow-lored Amazon
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Did You Know?

In the wild the Yellow-lored Amazon looks more streamlined in its body shape than other Amazons do, suggesting it spends more time on the wing.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

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

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm) vertical box

Clutch Size:

4 or 5

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

7 or 8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Yellow-lored Amazon
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Did You Know?

In the wild the Yellow-lored Amazon looks more streamlined in its body shape than other Amazons do, suggesting it spends more time on the wing.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

Species Wild Status

World Population:

20,000-50,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None apparent so far.

Range:

Found in Yucatan Peninsula and lsla Cozumel, SE Mexico, and N Belize.

Habitat:

Found mainly below 300m (984 ft) in more open, drier deciduous scrub forest and Pinus woodland; has overlap with White-fronted Amazon.

Wild Diet:

Eats pods of Acacia sp., maize and citrus fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in flocks, in groups of up to 1500 birds. Mostly feed in tree tops.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 or 5

Breeding Season:

March, Yucatan Peninsula; April-May, Belize.

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Yellow-lored Amazon
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Did You Know?

In the wild the Yellow-lored Amazon looks more streamlined in its body shape than other Amazons do, suggesting it spends more time on the wing.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

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