Species of the month
Some facts on this parrot:
Length: 33 cm.
Weight: Average 230 grams.
Diet: Fruits, seeds, and cactus flowers.
Habitat: Dry areas and savanna up to 450 m. in elevation. Sandy soil with thorn bushes, cacti and low trees.
Range: Northern Venezuela, the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla, and the island of Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles).
Surviving number: Estimated at 4,000.
Conservation status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1).
First described: By the German naturalist Gmelin in 1788, who originally named it Psittacus barbadensis.
Amazona barbadensis has a raucous call and a green outfit. It forages on fruits, blossoms and seeds of cactus and thorny scrub, returning at evening to its roosting sites in nearby valleys and woodlands. Females lay 2 to 4 eggs in a nest cavity on rocky cliffs. Incubation lasts 26 days, and the fledging period is two months. Poachers threaten this bird by removing chicks from their nests for the pet trade.
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