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[Photo] Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis) Male -- Photo by Virgilrm 04:52, 18 August 2006 (UTC)
The Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis), also known as "loro cariamarillo" in Spanish, is a species of parrot, native to tropical regions of the Americas, from eastern Mexico south to Ecuador, with a disjunct population in central Brazil, where it occurs in humid evergreen to semi-deciduous forests up to 1100 m altitude.
It is 32-35 cm long, with a weight of 310-480 g. The plumage is primarily green, with red forehead, yellow cheeks (sometimes with red spots). The crown is blue and thick. Adult males and females do not differ in plumage; young chicks have less yellow on cheeks and less red on forehead.
There are four subspecies:
Amazona autumnalis autumnalis (Linnaeus, 1758). Caribbean coasts from eastern Mexico south to northern Nicaragua.
Amazona autumnalis salvini (Salvadori, 1891). Northern Nicaragua south to Colombia and Venezuela.
Amazona autumnalis lilacina Lesson, 1844. Western Ecuador.
Amazona autumnalis diadema (Spix, 1824). Lower Rio Negro area, central Brazil.
The nest is usually in tree cavities, they lay up to three or four white eggs. The incubation time varies from 25 to 26 days. Chicks stay in the nest from 21 to 70 days. The food includes fruits, nuts, and seeds. It is said that avocado, eggplant and grapes are poisonous for them.
It is a popular cagebird. In some areas, notably parts of Mexico and Venezuela, it has become rare through trapping for the cagebird trade.
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