Lilac-Crowned Amazon

Lilac Crowned Amazon at Wingham Wildlife Park

Can grow up to 30.5cm (12in) long.

Habitat and Distribution
Is found along the pacific slopes of Mexico.

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

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

Groups and Breeding
The Lilac crowned Amazon nests in tree cavities, they normally lay 2-4 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.

The biggest threat is de-forestation, but 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.