Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot

(Amazona aestiva)

FUN FACT

Blue-fronted Amazons display great variation in their colors and markings, including the size of the red and yellow patches on their wings and the amount of blue and yellow on their heads. Each bird is marked differently.

Blue-fronted Amazon parrots are a medium-sized, primarily green parrot from South America.  Like all parrots, they have the ability to copy different sounds in their environment, although the ability to do so varies widely from individual to individual.  They are loud, social, and intelligent birds that live in family groups in the wild.  Although blue-fronted Amazons are popular as pets, they can be extremely challenging animals with which to live.  Some Amazons can live 40-50 years and may bite, scream, or become destructive if not kept busy with adequate toys, enrichment, and interaction.  The National Aviary is home to a flock of 6 Blue-fronted Amazon parrots who make appearances in the Parrots of the Caribbean show.  They are also the artists featured in the Parrot Encounter!

Distribution

South America.

Habitat

Sub-tropical forests, groves, and mixed woodland.

Diet

Fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Breeding

Blue-fronted Amazons are cavity nesters, laying 3-5 white eggs in a hollow tree. The eggs are incubated for approximately 27 days and the chicks fledge at 2 months of age.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See our Blue-fronted Amazon flock during bird shows and special encounters.