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St. Lucia Parrot Amazona versicolor


This beautiful parrot, originally thought to come from Cuba, has a blue foreface, red foreneck patch and maroon-colored mottling over much of the breast and belly; it is in fact endemic to the island of St. Lucia, just as its English name suggests. It favors montane, moist primary forest in the centre and south of the island, mainly at 500–900 m, but the species also is reported to forage in secondary growth. The St. Lucia Parrot nests in tree-holes, and breeding occurs mainly in February–March. The species lays two eggs, and the breeding period is protracted, lasting at least three months. Habitat loss is the principal reason for the decline that has been witnessed in this species, which currently numbers fewer than 500 birds and is listed as Vulnerable by BirdLife International. The habitat available to the species has apparently shrunk by approximately 50% since the 1950s due to the increasing demand for land among St. Lucia’s rapidly growing human population.

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Recommended Citation

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