Blue Front Amazon

 

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Range:  Eastern Brazil, Paraguay, Northern Argentina and Northern and Eastern Bolivia.

Habitat: RainForest to open Savannah

Natural Diet: Seeds and fruit

Diet at Rain Forest:  Fresh fruit and vegetables daily with seed supplements

Size: 8-12"

Scientific Name: Amazona aestiva

Rain Forest Facts:   Amazon parrots are considered the second best vocalizes in the parrot world, second only to the African Gray. The three Amazons, which are known to be the best talkers, are the Yellow Nape, Yellow Head and the Blue Front. In addition to learning a large vocabulary, many will also whistle, sing and mimic household sounds. Blue Fronted Amazons are highly intelligent parrots that may sometimes be moody. The males may become particularly moody when they reach maturity and many will bite at this time. Both males and females may display increased aggression as they reach sexual maturity and during molts. Patience during this period is required. Blue-Fronted Amazons love to climb and chew on things. They should be supervised at all times if they are let out of their cages, or accidents may happen. In the wild, Blue-Fronted Amazons often flock with other species of Amazon parrots. They are found in forests and open savannahs. In the natural environment, Blue-Fronted Amazons feed primarily on fruits, seeds, and vegetables. In captivity, however, nuts and seeds should be kept to a minimum because they tend to cause obesity in captive Amazons.

Averaging about fifteen inches in length, the Blue-Fronted Amazon is a beautiful and graceful animal. The bird is primarily green in color, with green feathers that have darker green edges. The Blue-Fronted Amazon has a bright blue forehead and blue and white feathers that often appear on the crown. They have vibrant yellow markings on their ears, cheeks, and crown. Their wings are often either red or red and yellow.

Blue-Fronted Amazons can be found in the wild in Eastern Brazil, Paraguay, Northern Argentina and Northern and Eastern Bolivia. They are easy to train and, if treated well, are excellent pets. An improperly cared for Blue-Fronted Amazon can become rather aggressive. Blue-Fronted Amazons usually bond with one owner and should not be passed among people if possible.

Status in Wild: Declining due primarily to loss of habitat.  Captive breeding programs have drastically reduced the number of birds taken from the wild to supply the pet industry, but this has largely been offset by continued loss of habitat.