The Panama Yellow-fronted Amazon Parrot or simply Panama Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala panamensis) is a subspecies of the Yellow-crowned Amazon; although in aviculture, it is sometimes listed as a separate species (Amazona panamensis).
Distribution / Natural Range
The natural range of the Panama Amazon stretches from Northern Colombia to Western Panama (including the Pearl Islands and Coiba).
Panama Amazons average 12 to 14 inches (~31 - 35 cm) in length (including tail) and weigh around 13.4 ounces or 380 g.
They have a yellow forehead and a blue wash on the crown. The beak is greyish horn with a dark tip and their feet are horn colored - almost might.
They are sometimes confused with the Yellow-crowned Amazons; however, the Panamas are smaller, are a darker shade of green, and their beak lack the orangy spots that can be seen on both sides of the Yellow-crowned Amazon's upper beak. Additionally, the rest of the beak and cere are darker than that of true Panama Amazon Parrots.
Compared to other Amazon Parrots, the Panama is considered to be relatively gentle. They are highly talented talkers, but can get very noisy.
Breeding / Nesting
Breeding pairs produce, on average, 3 eggs in each clutch which are incubated for about 26 days.
Panama Yellow-fronted Amazon Parrots are generally known for their good temperament, gentle personalities and outstanding talking abilities.
Amazon ownership generally presents multiple challenges, such as excessive chewing - especially at certain stages in their life. They do discover their beaks as method of "disciplining us" once they are out of the "baby stage" and they can generally be somewhat naughty, and it really is important to learn to understand them and to guide their behavior before an undesirable behavior has been established. Aggressive behavior is especially common in "hormonal" amazons. Undisciplined amazons will chew on electric wiring potentially causing house fires. They regard anything in your home as a "toy" that can be explored and chewed on; destroying items that you may hold dear or are simply valuable.
Even a young bird that has not been neglected and abused requires proper guidance; this becomes even more challenging when it involves a rescued bird that may require rehabilitation.
Other Relevant Web Resources
- Amazon Species ... Photos of the Different Amazon Parrot Species for Identification
- Common Health Problems / Diseases of the Amazon Parrots
- Amazon Nutrition / Diet for Optimal Health
- Amazon Parrots as Pets
- Amazon Parrot Incubation Data
Species: Scientific: Amazona ochrocephala panamensis ... English: Panama Yellow-fronted Amazon ... Dutch: Panama Amazone ... German: Panama Amazone ... French: Amazone de Panama - CITES II - Endangered Species
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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