Red-lored Amazon

Red-lored Amazon

Scientific Name:  Amazona autumnalis

Species Authority:  (Linne, 1758)
Common Names: 
Red-lored Amazon
Red-lored Parrot

Native to:  Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras
Status:  Least Concern — IUCN
Assessed:  August 2018
Current Population Trend:  Decreasing

The Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis), also known as the Red-lored Parrot, is a captivating bird species native to the tropical regions of the Americas.  This article delves into their five primary attributes: appearance, behavior, diet, habitat, and conservation efforts.


Red-lored Amazons are distinguished by their striking color palette. Their primary plumage is a vibrant green, which provides excellent camouflage in their forest habitats. The name “Red-lored” derives from a distinctive red patch on their forehead, just above the beak. They also have touches of bright yellow on their cheeks and crown. Adult birds typically measure around 32-35 cm in length, and their eyes are encircled by white rings, giving them a distinctive, expressive look.


These parrots are known for their sociable and gregarious nature.  They are often seen in pairs or small groups and can be quite noisy, especially during dawn and dusk.  Their vocalizations include a variety of squawks and calls that can be quite loud.  Red-lored Amazons are also known for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech, which makes them popular in the pet trade.


In the wild, Red-lored Amazons primarily feed on fruits, nuts, seeds, and berries.  They are also known to consume blossoms and nectar.  Their diet is important for forest regeneration, as they play a role in seed dispersal.  In captivity, they require a balanced diet that includes pellets, fruits, and vegetables to ensure they receive all necessary nutrients.


The natural habitat of the Red-lored Parrot spans from eastern Mexico down through Central America to Ecuador in South America.  They are predominantly found in tropical rainforests but can also adapt to more disturbed forest areas.  These birds prefer areas with abundant fruiting trees and sources of water.

Conservation Efforts

Red-lored Amazons face several threats, primarily habitat loss due to deforestation and the illegal pet trade.  Conservation efforts include habitat preservation and legal protections.  In several countries, they are listed under various degrees of protection, and international trade is regulated under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).  Rehabilitation and reintroduction projects are also in place in some areas to help bolster wild populations.

In summary, the Red-lored Amazon is a vibrant and integral part of its ecosystem.  While facing challenges, ongoing conservation efforts aim to ensure that this beautiful species continues to thrive in its natural habitat.

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