Red-crowned Parrot

The Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) is a medium-sized parrot species that is native to Mexico. They are about 14 inches in length and weigh around 12 ounces, with males and females being similar in size and coloration. They have a predominantly green plumage with a bright red forehead and crown, as well as blue and yellow accents on their wings. These distinguishing field marks make them a striking and recognizable species.

Red-crowned Parrots are non-migratory birds, meaning that they do not undertake seasonal movements to different regions. Instead, they are known to be sedentary, remaining in their home range throughout the year. This is likely due to the abundance of food sources and suitable habitat within their range.

Their habitat includes lowland forests, savannas, and coastal areas with trees and vegetation. They are also found in urban areas, such as parks and gardens, where they can find suitable nesting sites and food sources. The Red-crowned Parrot is a social species that typically travels in small flocks or pairs, communicating with loud screeches and calls.

Red-crowned Parrots are known to be cavity nesters, which means they make their nests in holes or crevices of trees or buildings. They breed once a year, typically laying 2-4 eggs, which are incubated for about 26 days. The young birds fledge after 8-10 weeks and remain dependent on their parents for several more weeks.

Despite being a non-migratory species, the Red-crowned Parrot has faced population declines due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as capture for the pet trade. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their remaining habitat and reduce the impact of human activities on their populations.

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