Featured Bird Photograph: October 2009: Orange-winged Amazon Parrot

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The Orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica) is large parrot that occurs in tropical South America, from Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago south to Peru and central Brazil.

  • It's a popular pet bird - from 1981 to 1985, over 66,000 of them were captured for the pet trade. Orange-winged Amazons generally are great talkers and some of them learned to sing entire songs quite beautifully. They do require plenty space, have an intense need to chew and are, in general, high-maintenance parrots. Serious behavioral problems can develop if their demands are not met.

  • In its natural habitat, the Orange-winged Amazon is persecuted as an agricultural pest and is also hunted as a food source.

Orange-winged Amazon Parrot - featured photo

Relevant Bird Species Information Page (includes more stunning photos of this bird species)

Photographer: Carlitox D'acosta -  http://www.flickr.com/people/heavykr/