Yellow-faced Amazon Parrot

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The semi-nomadic Yellow-faced Parrot (Alipiopsitta xanthops, previously Amazona xanthops / Salvatoria xanthops) is found in eastern and central Brazil and occasionally in the adjacent Bolivia.

Their preferred habitat includes semi-arid scrubland habitats with low trees (cerrado). Their numbers are declining and they have already disappeared in large areas of its former range.

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    This species is sometimes referred to as Yellow-faced Amazon, but recent research indicates that this species is much closer related to the Short-tailed Parrot (Graydidascalus brachyurus) and to the members of the genus Pionus. Their personality is supposed to be comparable to the Pionus parrot as well.

    Description:

    These parrots average 10.5 ins (27 cm) in length.

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      Their plumage is mostly green, edged with dark green. The forehead, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head), crown and ear-coverts are variably yellow, some older birds have entire head and abdomen yellow to orange; edge of wing yellowish-green.

      Front of forehead in many birds bare with plucked appearance. The tail is green with greenish-yellow tips; outer tail feathers with broad orange-red band.

      The bill is horn-colored with black base and their irises are yellow. The feet are greyish-flesh color and their cere pink.

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        Immatures have less yellow on head and abdomen, and their irises are dark.

        Yellow-faced Parrot

        Breeding in captivity:

        Breeding has seldom been achieved in captivity. The basic requirement would be a compatible pair that needs to be isolated during the breeding season due to increased aggression towards other birds during this time; they also require spacious accommodation and a nest box 25 x 25 x 60 cm (10 x 10 x 24 ins) with entrance 8 cm (3 ins) in diameter.

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          They tend to be aggressive towards caretakers. The breeding season begins early May. The hen lays 2 to 4 eggs, which she incubates for 26 days. The young fledge when they are about 8 weeks old.

          Taxonomy:

          Species: Scientific: Amazona xanthops … English: Yellow-faced Amazon, Yellow-bellied Amazon … Dutch: Geelbuikamazone, Geelgezichtamazone … German: Gelbbauchamazone, Gelbgesichtamazone … French: Amazone à ventre jaune … CITES II – Endangered Species

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