The Bodinus Amazon (Amazona festiva bodinis) is common in its range, which stretches from Central Venezuela along Orinoco to Rio Meta; north-western Guyana, preferring forest and secondary vegetation areas along rivers and forested islands within river systems.
Breeding / Nesting
Breeding pairs average three eggs in a clutch. The incubation period is about 28 days long.
Like the Festiva Amazon Parrot, this amazon averages 13.5 ins (34 cm) in length. They have a blackish bill and their plumage is also alike to that of the Festiva Parrot — except it has a more yellowish plumage.
The lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) are blackish, the cheeks are suffused with blue and the primary wing feathers are green.
Little information of this bird in captivity is known, except that it is a relatively noisy bird, somewhat shy in the beginning but grows more confiding over time.
They have a quiet temperament but can get excited and agitated. They are very heavy chewers and their need to chew needs to be accommodated with a steady supply of fresh branches.
They are not hardy and proper care should be undertaken to ensure that they are not exposed to temperatures below 41°F ( 5°C) until they have been properly acclimatized.
Accommodation should be of metal construction. Outside flights are preferred with a minimum space requirement of 12 x 5 x 6 ft (4 x 15 x 2 m) with an adjacent shelter of 5 x 3 x 6 ft (1.5 x 1 x 2 m).
Their natural diet consists of fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, flowers and leaf buds.
Captive birds may be fed a good quality seed mix of safflower, sheat oats, hemp seeds*, dried rowan-berries; buckwheat and mungo beans; sprouted sunflower; some pine-nuts; various fruit and vegetables; half-ripe maize; rose-hips; greenfood; in addition to the regular vitamin and mineral supplements. (*Hemp seeds are often referred to as “super-seeds” as they offer a complete amino acid profile, have an ideal balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and provide an impressive amount of trace minerals – they also have the highest concentration of protein in the plant kingdom.)