Blue fronted Amazon parrots free images with interesting facts

Blue fronted Amazon also known as turquoise fronted Amazon is an Amazon parrot native to South American countries like Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina etc. It is found in wooded areas, open country side, lowlands, palm groves and at times close to human habitation. Its scientific name is Amazona aestiva.


Blue fronted amazon parrots
RG125- Blue Fronted Amazon Parrots

This bird gets its name due to the presence of distinct blue feathers on the fore head just above the beak. These birds can measure up to 35-39 cm from beak till the tip of tail feather and weigh up to 500 grams on an average. They have an average lifespan of 50 years, although many of them can live more than that. This bird is mostly green in color, with yellow face and touches of bright red and blue on the shoulders and wing feathers. The beak is black to grey in color and the feet grey.

They can be seen flying in large flocks or in pairs. The diet consists of fruits, nuts and seeds. They eat the clay near the river banks to fulfill their mineral requirements. These birds drop a lot of seeds during feeding and in their feces thus contributing to forest growth. They like to chew the tree branches and extract juice from bark. In captivity, they need high quality pellets, bird safe vegetables and fruits and seed mix.

They make their nest in cavities of large trees and live in communities. The breeding takes places from late march to early November. The incubation period is normally 25-29 days and the young ones attain maturity at 3-4 years of age. The males can become aggressive during the mating season. They should be allowed a few hours outside the cage for short flights to stretch and exercise their wings. They may make loud screeching sound to draw attention or when they are excited. Some of these birds are good singers too.

The blue fronted Amazon is very intelligent bird and can speak very clearly. It also learns new words quickly and can use them in short phrases. They do seek attention of human family members, although they are not over demanding.

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