Lilac-crowned Parrot Amazona finschi

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Katherine Renton

Demography and Populations

Lilac-crowned Parrots in captivity have an average lifespan of 40-60 years, and young birds are usually sexually mature by 3-5 years of age. However, in the wild young pairs may take longer to their first breeding attempt as they need to acquire ownership of a suitable nest-cavity. In one instance, a young radio-marked Lilac-crowned Parrot with its unmarked mate were observed disputing ownership of a cavity against a resident nesting pair at the same site each breeding season for 4 years. By the fifth year, the radio-marked individual and its mate were registered nesting in the disputed cavity (Salinas-Melgoza and Renton 2007).

No information exists on annual adult survival in the wild, however, this is likely to be high, though individuals may be more vulnerable to mortality when nesting, particularly in the case of incubating females (see section on predation).

Recommended Citation

Renton, K. (2009). Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.