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Orange-winged Amazon

Range:

Central and north-eastern parts of South America.


Habitat:

Mangrove forests, coastal regions.


Characteristics:

General plumage green, throat yellowish-green tinged with blue, violet-blue accents on tail feathers, lateral feathers strongly tinged with orange-red and centrally barred with dark green. The iris of the orange-winged amazon is orange and their legs are a pale grey.


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Behavior:

During the day, these birds are generally seen flying in pairs above the forest canopy or in the crowns of tall trees foraging for fruits and seeds. In the evening pairs converge on a particular clump of trees or bamboos to roost communally, up to more than 600 birds together. Attendance at these roosting places declines during the breeding season.


Reproduction:

Nests are built in the hollows of trees. 2 – 4 eggs are laid on average and incubation lasts about 3 weeks and only the female broods. After hatching, the young birds remain in the nest for 2 months.


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Orange-winged Amazon
Range
Class: aves
Genus: Amazona
Species: amazonica
Height: 16-21 inches
Weight: about 14 ounces
Average Lifespan: 40
Wild Diet: Fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms, and leaf buds.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Appendix II
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Outside Yard


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