Red-crowned Parrot

Amazona viridigenalis

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

Lories, Parakeets, Macaws and Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

RCPA

Code 6

AMAVIG

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Red-crowned Parrot has a small range, confined to a portion of northeast Mexico, though it has been introduced to Puerto Rico and the United States. This bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest ecosystems, though it can live on pastureland. The global population of this bird is estimated at 3,000 to 6,500 individuals and shows signs of decline in both size and habitat that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-Crowned Parrot is Endangered.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-crowned Parrot: This medium-sized parrot has dark-scaled green upperparts, pale green underparts, bright red forehead, crown and lores, violet blue neck sides and a yellow-pink bill. First five outer secondaries are red with violet blue tips; black primaries slightly tinged with dark blue tips. Feeds on fruits and flowers. Swift direct flight on rapidly beating wings. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Red-crowned Parrot: This species is native to northeastern Mexico and prefers pine-oak ridges and the tropical forests of canyons. Resident populations of escaped captive birds have been established in southern and central California, central Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kee-crah-crah-crah", "rreeeoo", "heeeyo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-crowned Parrot was first described in 1853 by John Cassin, an American ornithologist.
  • It is also known as the Red-crowned Amazon, Green-cheeked Amazon, and Mexican Red-headed Parrot.
  • The current native wild population of between 1,000 and 2,000 is decreasing. The main threats to its survival are the illegal export of trapped birds from Mexico to the USA, and the destruction of habitat.
  • A group of parrots has many collective nouns, including a "company", "pandemonium", "prattle", and "psittacosis" of parrots.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Outer secondariesX
The outer secondaries are the secondary feathers of the wing furthest away from the body.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
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