Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot
12 - 14 inches
Central and South America
Wild - Leaves, flowers, insects, fruits, seeds
Zoo - Fruits, bird seed mix
- Blue-fronts -- one type of 26 species of blunt tailed parrots. Predominantly green plumage, but the head (usually forehead) is marked in other colors as well as the wing joints. The blue-fronted parrot has pale blue feathers on its forehead.
- Lively birds in their homeland.
- Very good climber -- awkward flyer -- on the ground they waddle along clumsily.
- When kept as pets, blunt tailed parrots sometimes give up flying.
- Uses their beaks to climb, crack open nuts and seeds, pick foliage, flowers, and fruits to eat.
- Perching feet -- 2 toes in front, 2 in back. Sharp claws
- Good camouflage for rainforests.
Male builds nest; female incubates eggs while male feeds her. Chicks hatch after about 30 days. After about two months they leave the nest.
- Blue-fronts often kept as pets by bird lovers.
- Can be good talkers.
- Many blue-fronted pets end up in a solitary situation and in an enclosure much too small.
CITES App. II; not threatened; abundant; has benefited from agriculture but is declining from collecting for the pet trade