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Amazona albifrons

White-fronted Parrot

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae

Authors: Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi

Amazona albifrons

Curubande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica; 7 February 2015 © Kevin Agar

The White-fronted Parrot has a somewhat disjunct range, with one population in northwest Mexico, and another in southern Mexico, where it is found on both the Caribbean and Pacific slopes, south, almost exclusively on the latter side of the isthmus, to western Costa Rica. It should be easily identified within its Middle American range, given its obvious white forehead, reddish eye surround, blue crown, red wing-bend, and dark blue speculum; the rest of the plumage is green. It prefers drier woodland, including semi-open areas with tall trees and cacti, and ascends into the foothills as high as approximately 1850 m. Despite some local trade, especially in Mexico, the White-fronted Parrot remains generally fairly abundant, and might even have benefited from such agricultural expansion.

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Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. White-fronted Parrot (Amazona albifrons), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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