The Blue Fronted Amazon

 

 

  • Common Name:  Amazon - Blue Fronted

  • Other Common Names:  none listed

  • Scientific Name:  Amazona aestiva

  • Group:  Amazon

  • Origin or Range:  South America

  • Relative Size:  Average 

  • Average Lifespan:  ??? years

  • Compatibility:  Average 

  • Category:  Parrots

The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot is a popular pet parrot because they are very affectionate and easy to train. 

Amazon Parrots are considered the second best vocalizes in the parrot world, second only to the African Gray.  The three Amazons, which areBlue Fronted Amazon known to be the best talkers, are the Yellow Nape, Yellow Head and the Blue Front.  In addition to learning a large vocabulary, many will also whistle, sing and mimic household sounds.  Blue Fronted Amazons are highly intelligent parrots that may sometimes be moody.  The males may become particularly moody when they reach maturity and many will bite at this time.  Both males and females may display increased aggression as they reach sexual maturity and during molts.  Patience during this period is required.  They love to climb and chew on things.  They should be supervised at all times if they are let out of their cages, or accidents may happen.  In the wild, they often flock with other species of Amazon Parrots.  Blue Fronted AmazonThey are found in forests and open savannahs.  In the natural environment, Blue-Fronted Amazons feed primarily on fruits, seeds, vegetables and fruits.  In captivity, however, nuts and seeds should be kept to a minimum because they tend to cause obesity in captive Amazons. 

Averaging about fifteen inches in length, this Amazon is a beautiful and graceful animal.  The bird is primarily green in color, with green feathers that have darker green edges.  The Blue-Fronted Amazon has a bright blue forehead and blue and white feathers that often appear on the crown.  They have vibrant yellow markings on their ears, cheeks and crown.  Their wings are often either red or red and yellow.

Blue-Fronted Amazons can be found in the wild in Eastern Brazil,Blue Fronted Amazon Paraguay, Northern Argentina and Northern and Eastern Bolivia.   An improperly cared for Blue-Fronted can become rather aggressive.  They usually bond with one owner and should not be passed among people if possible.
 

These parrots should be kept in a cage that is at least 24inches x 26inches x 24inches, though larger is better.  They should also be provided with lots of toys, especially things they can climb on or chew.  The diet in captivity should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a good commercial pelleted diet.  They may also be given some nuts and seeds, though like most Amazons, they are prone to obesity so seeds should be kept to a minimum.  And for this same reason their diet should be low in fat.  Blue Fronted AmazonThese beautiful birds adore the water and may enjoy being bathed.   They breed between October and March.  The female usually lays a clutch of around four eggs, which she incubates for between 28 and 30 days.  The fledgling birds usually venture out on their own when they are fifty or sixty days old.
 

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