Cuban Parrot Amazona leucocephala

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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The Cuban Parrot (also known, perhaps more appropriately, as the Rose-throated Parrot) is not actually endemic to Cuba. Rather, the four recognized subspecies, some of which are sometimes raised to species status (although such proposals have yet to acquire much critical support), range over Great Inagua, Abaco and formerly other islands in the Bahamas, all three of the Cayman Islands, as well as the main island of Cuba and its most important satellite, the Isle of Youth. Those populations away from Cuba are unquestionably rather small, but probably no longer declining due to more effective conservation measures than have to date been possible in Cuba. This is an attractive parrot, with a scaled appearance to the head and the underparts, a white forehead, pinkish-red chin and throat, and a purplish belly-patch. One result of its striking appearance is that this parrot is popular in the cagebird trade, and this fact, along with destruction of its nest sites, had led to the Cuban Parrot being categorized as Near Threatened under IUCN criteria.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Cuban Parrot (Amazona leucocephala), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: