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Festive Parrot Amazona festiva

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Kester Clarke

Festive Parrot is fairly local throughout its range. They are almost strictly limited to areas near water, and are rarely encountered far away from rivers or oxbow lakes. They forage in the canopy of várzea forest, but are most often encountered as flyover flocks. Although solid green overall like other Amazona parrots, they can be distinguished by their lack of a red wing speculum in flight, and their dark reddish lores and eyebrow. Their red rump is also a distinctive field mark, though this is difficult to see when the bird is perched. Their call is a fairly nasal "bwahht, bwahh’t bwah’t."

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© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

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