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Blue-Fronted Amazon

Amazona aestiva
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern
Eastern South America
Many types of forested areas

Blue-fronted Amazons have the ability to blend in with their surroundings due to their predominantly green body, complemented by blue coloration over the beak and yellow feathers on parts of their head. Males and females look different only in the ultraviolet wavelengths, which they are able to perceive. Juveniles of this species possess less yellow and blue colouration than adults.

Blue-fronted Amazons primarily consume fruits, berries, seeds, nuts, and flowers. They are able to observe other parrots to learn which foods are safe to eat.

These parrots often form pairs or small flocks, engaging in activities such as foraging and roosting together. Their nesting habits involve utilizing hollow trees, where they lay an average of 8 eggs per clutch. It is not uncommon for multiple pairs to nest in close proximity to one another. The incubation period for their eggs lasts approximately 29 days.  The young stay near the nest for 60 days, then may remain with the flock for several years.

While the species is currently listed as Least Concern, their population is declining due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade.

They can live up to 60 years.