Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot

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Blue Fronted Amazon Natural History

Size

Can grow up to about 38cm (15in) long.

Habitat and Distribution

Found in forests (though generally avoids extensive humid forests such as the Amazon), Woodland, Savanna and palm groves, which ranges from eastern and northern Bolivia, eastern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina.

Age

Lifespan in the wild is around 27 years, and in captivity around 35 years.

Diet

Consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a small amount seeds.

Groups and Breeding

The Blue-fronted Amazon nests in tree cavities, they normally lay 3-5 eggs in a clutch, with the female incubating for about 26 days, once hatched the young birds stay in the nest box for approximately 60 days.

Threats

The biggest threat, as with the vast majority of rainforest dwelling species is de-forestation through illegal logging and slash and burn land clearing techniques for farming.  They are however also capture for the pet trade.

Interesting Facts

The male and female look identical, and to determine the gender of the parrots they have to be surgically or DNA sexed.

The Amazon Parrots During Your Day Out in Kent

When the park was taken over in 2008, one of the species which joined the collection right away were the blue fronted amazon parrots, which at that point went to live in the old parrot block building.  This building suffered  number of design flaws and was removed by the new owners, after taking the park over.  The new chimpanzee house now sits where this old building used to be, with the parrots which called it home, having been moved in to a communal long flight which can be found opposite the education building as visits head from the entrance to the tropical house.  They share this enclosure with other parrot species such as umbrella cockatoos, citron crested cockatoos and galah cockatoos.