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Parrot: Amazon yellow - shouldered parrot

Amazona barbadensis
Bird

IUCN Status
A vulnerable species with possibly a declining population of only 2,500 – 10,000 birds. This bird is protected under CITES and is an Appendix 1 listing requiring registered legal ownership outside of Venezuela and preventing it from being traded.



Diet

Fruit, seeds, some cultivated fruits such as mango, avocado and maize and cactus flowers and tops.

Habitat

The drier areas of northern Venezuela and the close Caribbean islands

Behaviour

Nest choices are the typical tree hole or less usually a cliff or cactus cavity. This is the only time pairs will be found together as this is a highly gregarious flocking parrot for the rest of the year.

Breeding

Typically 2 to 3 eggs are laid from mature pairs (about 3-5 years of age to mature) once a year. This coincides with the rainier season (March- September) and young fledge after 9 weeks.

Fun Facts

Roosting each night in flocks exceeding 500 or more they are very noisy in the tops of tall trees or rock outcrops.

At The Zoo

We have a successful breeding pair that do not always live harmoniously and as a result some of their offspring have been reared by other foster Amazon parrots such as our festive’s and blue-fronted.