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Imperial Parrot Amazona imperialis

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The Imperial Parrot is a medium-sized, green-and-purple parrot endemic to the island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles. The largest species in the genus Amazona, the Imperial Parrot has a green back, purple neck, green-tipped, red tail, and purple underparts. Found only in a very small area of northern Dominica, the Imperial Parrot is a reclusive montane species, living primarily at elevations from 600 to 1300 meters. These parrots dwell in primary, rainforest canopy, foraging in small groups for fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms, and shoots. This species is also featured on the center of the Dominican flag and coat of arms. The Imperial Parrot has an extremely small range and a small population of roughly 150 individuals; due to this, the Imperial Parrot has been listed as endangered on the IUCN watchlist. The main threats to the Imperial Parrot include habitat loss, illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade, and occasional hurricane-related damage.

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Recommended Citation

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