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Blue-fronted Amazon

Fact File

Continent: South America
Habitat: Forests
Weight and Length: 0.4kg, 0.35m

Diet: Herbivore
Incubation: 30 days
Number of Young: average of 2 eggs

Conservation Status: LC


  • Males and females look very different in the UV spectrum, which parrots can see and humans cannot.
  • Juveniles are much duller than adults.
  • Have specific calls for different situations, eg. “Waahh” for aggression.


Scientific Name

Animals —  Aves (birds) — Psittaciformes (parrots) — Psittacidae (true parrots)

Blue-fronted amazons are a species of mostly green parrot native to South America.  They are recognisable by the blue patch above their beak, and yellow patch behind that, which both vary in size between individuals. They have some yellow feathers in their wings, and some have a few red feathers at the shoulder.

They are social and have been shown to have several specific vocalisations for different situations such as while flying or in the breeding season. Birds in a pair will also use tactile communication, preening each other or touching beaks.

The blue-fronted amazon is classified as “least concern”, though they may one day be changed to vulnerable as their population is declining. Habitat loss is their main threat. In particular, they need tall mature trees to nest within, so even selective logging can reduce the numbers of young.

Habitat: Forests, they tend to avoid humid rainforests.

Vital Statistics:
–Average weight: 0.4kg
–Average length: 0.35m

Life Expectancy:
In the wild up to: unknown
In captivity up to: 50 years

Diet: They are herbivores and so eat plants. They mostly eat seeds, fruits, nuts, leaf sprouts and flowers.

Distribution: From parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.