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Post edited by: Dave007, at: 2010/01/06 18:19<br><br>Post edited by: Dave007, at: 2010/01/06 22:07

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{Feel-good-000200BB} Isn't this great!!! Thank you Dave...:);):laugh: Karma... Jay

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Excellent thank you! Were those names already there?!

So is there a big difference in character between these different birdies? Or is an Amazon an Amazon? And is this them all or are there more?


Thanks for this thread! I'm liking it!

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All lovely birds, each unique in its coloring, hard to pick a favorite but thanks Dave for posting these pictures so we can see the difference in the species.

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According to Rosemary Low, writer and conservationist, there are 28 species of amazon parrots:


orange winged

blue fronted

yellow crowned

yellow shouldered



yellow billed

white fronted

yellow lored

red spectacled


puerto rican


lilac crowned

green cheeked

red lored

scaly naped

white faced


blue cheeked

red browed

red tailed

red necked

St. Lucia


St. Vincent


black billed

yellow faced


Under these there are several sub-species.


The countries in which they occur are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, the Guianas, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela including Trinidad and Tobago.


There is no "standard" amazon. Each one evolved to fit a different set of circumstances. Some amazons that are well known in aviculture are less suitable as pets than, for example, the ochrocephala (yellow crowned) sub-species. They are superb, not just because they are good mimics but because they greatly enjoy interacting with people and are tremendous "show offs". No parrot is perfect in a captive situation because that is not where it evolved to be. Howver, compared with most parrots, the disadvantages of amazons are minimal. While they can be noisy, especially early in the morning, and more vocal during the breeding season, in a pet situation it is much easier to divert an amazon from screaming than, for example, a cockatoo. Many amazons love to sing-along and singing to them can change their screams into an out-of-tune attempt to join in.


A disadvantage of certain amazons is that during the breeding season most males become difficult to live with as pets. The worst offenders are male blue-fronts, double yellow-heads, yellow-naped and salvins - all species that are otherwise wonderful companions. They are good pets precisely because they are extrovert and fearless. The more timid species, such as the Tucuman, are not sought as pets and they are not aggressive towards people. Some species are naturally more aloof and others are almost inherently friendly.


So be warned! An amazon is not just a green parrot. Not all members have the same degree of adaptability, ability to mimic or take pleasure in human company. Don't think that the various species vary only in plumage color - observe and hear as many species as possible before making a choice as a prospective pet. Having said that, there is always an element of uncertainty when obtaining a parrot because the personalities of these birds are as varied as those of humans.


:) In short, Amazons are treasures among parrots. :)

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Wow, thanks for the information, I didn't know there were that many species of amazons, learn something new every day.

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{Feel-good-000200BB}This is great! Isn't it nice to be able to go to one place and get needed and pertinent information. Keep it coming! Maggie

Karma to you...<br><br>Post edited by: Spock, at: 2010/01/07 23:41

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{Feel-good-00020069} Let the "Sun shine"! Thank you for helping make this room into what we all hope it will be...Everybody, keep it coming...{Feel-good-00020114}Jayd Karma

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WOW! What an impressive array of species - I am so happy these threads have been started, I am learning so much! Thanks Dave (and Renate for her fine input of the numbers involved) :kiss:<br><br>Post edited by: JillyBeanz, at: 2010/01/08 08:05

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WOW! 28 species.....I am amazed at this breed of parrots. Thank you everyone for sharing all this information. B)

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My Amazons, are Blue headed. However there are two sub-species that are Blue headed: Amazonas Aestiva Aestiva and Amazona Aestiva Xanthopteryx. Mine are the latest, the Xanthopteryx. The more obvious difference between the two species is in the colour of the shoulders, that in the Amazona A. Aestiva is red, and in the Amazona A. Xanthopteryx is yellow. They sometimes also have more yelow in the head and body.

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