Lilac-crowned Parrot

Amazona finschi

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

LCPA

Code 6

AMAFIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Lilac-crowned Parrot has a small range, confined to the Pacific coast of Mexico, to which it is native. This bird prefers subtropical and tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at only 7,000 to 10,000 individuals and has significantly decreased over time due to poaching, necessitating inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Lilac-crowned Parrot is Endangered.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lilac-crowned Parrot: Medium green parrot, pale purple crown, red forehead. In flight shows blue-black trim on flight feathers and large red patch on secondaries. Hooked bill is dull yellow. Legs, feet are blue-gray. Feeds on fruits and seeds. Native to pacific coastal Mexico. AKA Finsch's Amazon.


Range and Habitat

Lilac-crowned Parrot: Inhabits forested slopes and mountains along nearly the full length of western Mexico; however populations are seriously diminished due to deforestation and the pet trade. Small numbers of escaped cage birds are now established in Los Angeles, California, south Texas, and Florida.

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Lilac-crowned Parrot SONGS AND CALLS

Lilac-crowned Parrot HH1

Shrill squawks from a large flock.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kree-kree"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lilac-crowned Parrot is also known as the Finsch's Amazon.
  • The species name commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Otto Finsch, who initially distinguished it as a breed distinct from the Blue-fronted Amazon.
  • This species has a small population which is declining rapidly due to exploitation and habitat loss. It has disappeared from 37% of the localities where it was historically recorded. The estimated remaining population is 7,000 - 10,000.
  • A group of parrots has many collective nouns, including a "company", "pandemonium", "prattle", and "psittacosis" of parrots.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X