The Red-Crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) is a bird in the Psittacidae family of parrots. It is also called the Green-Cheeked Amazon Parrot or Mexican Red-Headed Parrot.
The Red-Crowned Parrot is green with a bright red forehead and crown, dark-blue streak behind the eyes, and light-green cheeks. Some have red and blue feathers under their wings. It has a white eye-ring with bright yellow eyes. It has a beige beak and cere. It has grey or beige legs.
It grows to 28-33 centimetres (11-13 inches) in length.
It is found in north-eastern Mexico and through to Texas in the United States. It is a resident bird, and does not migrate.
The Red-Crowned Parrot congregates in large flocks, called colonies, especially during feeding. It is diurnal, active during the day. It feeds on seeds, fruit, flowers, and nectar.
It mates for life. It makes a nest in the hole of trees. The female lays about 4 eggs in the hollow of a tree, which hatch after 28 days. The chicks are born without feathers, which is called altricial. They have grey eyes until they become adults.
It can live for over 50 years.
Location of photograph: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM