Black-billed Parrot Amazona agilis

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The Black-billed Parrot is the smaller and rarer of the two parrots endemic to the island of Jamaica. The Black-billed Parrot is readily identifiable in flight, as it flies with distinctively fast and fluttery wingbeats. The Black billed Parrot is largely restricted to we limestone forest in cockpit country in central Jamaica, where it moves in small flocks, and roosts communally, often with Yellow-billed Parrots (Amazona collaris) and Olive-throated Parakeets (Aratinga nana).  The Black-billed Parrot is emerald green, with blue in the flght feathers and red primary coverts, and has a relatively small black bill.

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

Recommended Citation

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