Cuban Amazon - Wikipet
Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala)
In the photo: Cuban Amazon. Photo: wikimedia.org
Description of Cuban Amazon
The Cuban Amazon is a short-tailed parrot with a body length of about 32 cm and a weight of about 262 grams. Both floors are painted the same. The main color of the plumage of the Cuban Amazon is dark green. The feathers have a black border. The forehead is almost white up to the back of the head; the throat and chest are pink-red. There is a gray spot in the ear area. On the chest, barely noticeable pink blotches. The undertail is green-yellow, with red spots. The feathers of the wings are blue. The beak is light, flesh-colored. Paws are gray-brown. The eyes are dark brown.
Five subspecies of the Cuban Amazon are known, which differ from each other by coloring elements and habitat.
The life expectancy of the Cuban Amazon with proper care is supposedly about 50 years.
The habitat of the Cuban Amazon and life in nature
The wild world population of the Cuban Amazon is 20.500 - 35.000 individuals. The species lives in Cuba, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. The species is threatened with extinction due to loss of natural habitats, poaching, destruction of nesting sites by hurricanes.
The Cuban Amazon lives at an altitude of up to 1000 m above sea level in pine forests, mangroves and palm thickets, plantations, fields and gardens.
In the diet, various vegetative parts of plants, buds, flowers, fruits, various seeds. Sometimes they visit agricultural land.
During feeding, the Cuban Amazons gather in small flocks, when food is abundant, they can stray into large flocks. Behave quite noisy.
Photo of the Cuban Amazon: flickr.com
Reproduction of Cuban Amazons
The breeding season falls on March - July. Birds hatch in pairs. For nesting, tree cavities are chosen. In clutch 3 - 5 eggs, the female incubates clutch for 27 - 28 days. Chicks leave the nest at the age of 8 weeks. For some time, young individuals are next to their parents, and they feed them.