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White Front Amazon - Amazons Amazona Albifrons Bird

White Front Amazon Amazons

Notable traits of the White Front Amazon Bird: Amazons (Amazona Albifrons)
Latin Name: Amazona Albifrons
Common Name: White Front Amazon
Description: This species is named for the bright white patch of feathers on their foreheads, although the amount of white varies from individual to individual. They have mostly green plumage with some blue colouring on their outspread wings. They have bright red coloring around their eyes (in some individuals almost like spectacles) and blue coloring behind the patch of white on their foreheads. One of the few Amazon species in which adult males and females easily can be distinguished by external appearance (sexual dimorphism): Males have bright red feathers on their "shoulders" (alula), while females have green "shoulders". Juveniles have pale grey irises and less red on their face and the white area is replaced with a smaller yellowish area.
Gender Determination: Males have bright red feathers on their shoulders alula while females have green shoulders
Trainability: Very bright
Length: 25 cm (10 in)
Average Lifespan: 40 years
Average Weight: 200 - 240 grams
Song: Can sing songs
Diet: Amazons require a high quality pelleted diet, supplemented with seed mix and daily servings of fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables. Amazons are prone to obesity, so nuts should be given sparingly.
Housing: As large as possible, min 2 x 3 x 4 feet
Loudness: Can be loud at times not suitable for apartments
Talking Ability: Good Takers but limited in words said
Notes: Tendency to bond to one person.

In general, Amazons go through a period of moodiness around adolescence, during which proper socialization is very important.

Amazons are prone to both obesity and vitamin A deficiency. The former should be addressed by limiting the amount of fatty foods given, including nuts. Peanuts and dried corn should be avoided for parrots in general, as they can cause aspergillus, a hard-to-treat respiratory illness.
The vulnerability to vitamin A deficiency can be addressed by providing lots of orange and red fruits and vegetables, as they are generally high in vitamin A. Such foods include sweet potato, carrots, and red and orange peppers.

Amazons are avid chewers, and should be provided plenty of chewable toys.
These birds have been vaccinated for the polyoma virus. It is crucial for young birds to be protected as they have little to no immune system for their first year of life. Just as people, cats, dogs are vaccinated, we use vaccines to substantially decrease the incidence of disease in birds. By doing this we have developed a positive reputation that separates us from the "birdie mills" that do not aspire to the same standards. We have a vet on the premises bi-weekly that administer this vaccine and monitors our babies and flock.
Breeding Notes: The White-fronted Amazon nests in tree cavities. Their breeding season is usually in the spring, starting in February and ending in the summer (in June and July in most areas). After breeding, the female will lay an average of three to four white eggs. Eggs are incubated for about 26 days and chicks leave the nest at the age of about 60 weeks from hatching.
Age of Maturity: 2
Breeding Life: 30
Nest: L-Box 10 x 20 inches
Breeding Aviculture: Common in spring
Average Clutch Size: 3-5
Habitat: The Whitefronted Amazon is native to Central America and Mexico
References: PelletTreatsToy
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