Plumage green; most feathers edged with black; white forehead and
around eyes; some blue patches on cheeks and crown; a little red
under the chin; ear coverts black; some chestnut brown on abdomen;
blue wind coverts; green edging to outer webs; yellowish green under
tail; tail upper-side green with yellow tips; outer tail feathers
red at base; bill horn coloured; iris and feet brown.
Eleven inches (28 cm).
The sharply declining population of Hispaniolan Amazons are found
in a small area of Haiti, Dominican Republic and a few of-shore
islands. It has been introduced to Puerto Rico. Habitat: As with
other Amazons, it prefers forested areas where food is plentiful.
Status and Diet: Although a common Amazon, due to habitat loss,
hunting and trapping the wild population is declining sharply. These
Amazons prefer to be either in small groups or pairs. They are noisy
and cautious, spending the greater part of their days eating and
resting in trees. When in flight, they have a very heavy wing beat
and are slow. They feed on fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and possibly
flowers and constantly chatter while feeding. They have been known
to cause damage to banana, guava, maize and cactus fruit crops.
These parrots are lively and inquisitive and can be noisy. They
are exceptionally hard chewers, so supply plenty of fresh wood to
keep them occupied. They can be susceptible to chest infections.
Outside flight: 12 x 5 x 6 ft (4 x 1.5 x 2 m). Shelter size: 6 x
5 x 6 ft (2 x 1.5 x 2 m) suggest metal construction. They require
a minimal temperature of 50° F (10° C).
Good parrot mix including: sunflower, safflower, canary grass seed,
oats, millet, wheat, some pine nuts, include a variety of fruit
and vegetables including apples, peaches, berries, green food and
vitamin and mineral supplements.
in Aviculture: Not usually successful. However, pairs do need
to be isolated.