Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot
Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis)
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Appearance of yellow-shouldered Amazon
The yellow-shouldered amazon is a short-tailed parrot with a body length of about 33 cm and a weight of about 270 g. Both the male and female of the yellow-shouldered Amazon are colored the same. The main body color is green. Large feathers have a dark border. There is a yellow spot on the forehead and around the eyes, whitish feathers on the forehead. The throat at the base is colored yellow, which then turns blue. The hips and fold of the wing are also yellow. The feathers of the wings are red, turning into blue. The beak is flesh-colored. The periorbital ring is bare and gray. The eyes are red-orange.
Yellow-shouldered Amazon Life Span with proper care - about 50 - 60 years.
Habitat and life in the nature of the yellow-shouldered Amazon
The yellow-shouldered Amazon lives in a small area of Venezuela and the islands of Blanquilla, Margarita and Bonaire. It is found in Curacao and the Netherlands Antilles.
The species suffers from loss of natural habitats, poaching and hunting due to attacks on cereal crops.
The yellow-shouldered amazon prefers plains with thickets of cacti, thorns, around mangroves. And also near agricultural land. Usually they hold heights of up to 450 meters above sea level, but may possibly rise higher.
The yellow-shouldered amazons feed on various seeds, fruits, berries, flowers, nectar, and cactus fruits. Among other things, visit the plantations of mango, avocado and corn.
Usually, yellow-shouldered amazons are kept in pairs, in small family groups, but sometimes up to 100 individuals fall into flocks.
In the photo: amazon yellow shoulders. Photo: wikimedia.orgReproduction of yellow-shouldered amazons
Yellow-shouldered amazons nest in hollows and tree cavities or in rocky voids.
The nesting season falls on March - September, sometimes October. In the clutch of yellow-shouldered amazon, usually 2 - 3 eggs, which the female incubates for 26 days.
Yellow-shouldered Amazon chicks leave the nest at the age of about 9 weeks, but can stay close to their parents for a long time.