Red Lored Parrot

Red-Lored Parrot

Amazona autumnulis autumnulis

Length: 34cm/14 inches

Weight: 310-480 grams

Life span: 50+ years

Incubation: 25-26 days

Age at weaning: 12 weeks

Age at maturity: 4-5years

Natural habitat: south America
And Mexico

The Red-Lored Parrot – also known as Primrose-cheeked Amazon or "Loro cariamarillo" (Amazona autumnalis autumnalis) – is endemic to the tropical regions of the Americas, from eastern Mexico south to Ecuador. A disjunctive population exists in central Brazil, where it occurs in humid evergreen to semi-deciduous forests up to 1,100 m latitudes. It is absent from the Pacific side of Central America north of Costa Rica. Not originally known from El Salvador, a pair – perhaps escaped from captivity – nested successfully in 1995 and 1996 in the outskirts of San Salvador and the species might expand its range permanently into that country in the future.

Although it is considered endangered in some areas, notably parts of Mexico and Venezuela. The major threat to its existence is the trapping for the pet trade. On the other hand, this parrot appears to adapt to human-altered habitat to a considerable degree.

The common names, Red-lored Amazon and Yellow Cheek Amazon, are readily apparent on this bird's pretty face. Whichever name you prefer, it is fitting as the lore (and forehead) is definitely red and the Cheeks are definitely yellow.

This beautiful amazon is regarded as a wonderful pet, being very gentle, affectionate, and loyal. They display less aggressive behaviour than many of the other popular amazons. Although capable of being quite loud at times, the Red-lored Amazon is not considered to be the best talker. Some will be good talkers while others will only say a couple of words.

As is true with all Amazons, they are very social and enjoy the company of people as well as other birds. They will form very strong bonds with their owner, becoming fast friends and exhibit total confidence. They are also a hardy robust bird and can do well in either a cage or an aviary.