The photo is of a Mexican Red Headed or Red Lored Amazon. While many are companion birds, they are considered endangered in the wild. Mexican Red-Headed Parrots require a lot of space and love to play, so make sure you have the room ready for them to romp around. When shopping for a cage for your Mexican Red-Headed Parrot, make sure the cage has enough room for the bird to stand up and maybe fly up to a smaller perch above its head. They need to stretch their wings out without reaching either side of the cage. They also need toys to play with, and try to keep a mister on hand. Also, make sure you’re paying special attention to their diets – with the tendency to get obese, these birds can easily become the victim of a disproportionate fat intake, and then they won’t live anywhere near the 70+ years they’re known to live. Pay careful, close attention to your parrot, and it will stay happy for a very long time.
AMAZON PARROT GENERAL INFORMATION:
To determine what type of Amazon parrot you own, check for the head coloration, then beak and foot color. You should also check the wing and tail coloration, as some species such as the Blue Fronted Amazons, have a variation in the amount of color. Their natural diet consists of fruits, berries, seeds, flowers and nectar. In captivity the Mexican Red Headed Parrot does quite well on a formulated parrot diet with daily bowls of cut up fruits and vegetables. All Amazon parrots are prone to obesity so be careful not to feed a staple diet of seeds, which can be very fattening. These parrots are not known for their ability to talk, but do not let this deter you. The Mexican Red Headed Parrot is an affectionate parrot that will bestow much love upon the people it likes.
The Mexican Red Headed Parrot is reported to lack the extreme mood swings of other Amazons; this makes him of much more even temperament. Amazon parrots are stocky birds with short, slightly rounded tails and heavy bills. Beak color varies depending on the species and sub-species. The cere is naked, except for bristle feathers, which are thought to have a tactile function like a cat’s whiskers. There is a distinct notch in the upper mandible. Feathers can be bright and shiny, as in a Blue-fronted Amazon, or dull, like the Orange-winged Amazon.
They can be perch potatoes as they age, so it is important to watch their diets. They can live to be 80 years old, so it is very important to get youngsters started off on the right foot by accustoming them to healthy foods, such as pellets, vegetables, fruits, pasta, bread and nuts. It is recommended that owners purchase a good quality gram scale to accurately weigh their birds on a weekly basis. Weight loss can be the first indicator of a medical problem, and it is easier to catch subtle weight gains and address the problem early on, before it becomes more serious.
AN UNUSUAL FACT ABOUT AMAZONS:
Unlike most other members of the parrot group, Amazons don’t have an uropygial gland (also called a preen gland). This gland is located on the back, on the midline, near the base of the tail. The gland produces vitamin D3 precursors, and the secretion waterproofs the feathers. The secretion also is antibacterial and antifungal. Since Amazons don’t possess the uropygial gland, their powder down (from down feathers) provides waterproofing. The only other parrots without the uropygial gland are the purple macaws (hyacinth, Lear’s, Glaucous and Spix).