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Red-necked Parrot Amazona arausiaca

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One of two striking Amazona parrots endemic to the tiny island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles, the Red-necked Parrot is, like most of its congeners, a principally green-plumaged bird. It is mainly distinguished from the island’s other (larger and darker) Amazona, the Imperial Parrot (Amazona imperialis), by the head and underparts patterns; the face and forecrown are blue, with a small patch of red on the foreneck, while the rest of the body is almost entirely green. The Red-necked Parrot is currently categorized as Vulnerable and its population is thought to number fewer than 800 individuals, although the species has been increasing since about 1980. The species’ stronghold is in the north of the island, where it is found at altitudes between 300 and 1200 m. Nests are placed in large forest trees, but in recent years the species appears to be making increasing use of agricultural lands in which to feed. Like many West Indian island endemics, the Red-necked Parrot is highly susceptible to hurricane damage, especially because of its need for large trees when breeding.

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Recommended Citation

Red-necked Parrot (Amazona arausiaca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/renpar1