Mexican red headed amazon

The Mexican Red-headed or Green-cheeked Amazon (Amazona Viridigenalis) as it's common names imply is from Mexico has bright green cheeks and a red head. Other than that its' markings are typical of other Amazons, blue and red feathers under the wings, with occasional red and yellow markings on the tail, and a green body. At 13 to 15 inches long it falls in the middle of the Amazon size chart.


Mexican Redheads are not the best of talkers. The do pick up some words but show a preference for whistling. They also tend to show great affection for the people they like. It's these people that tend to be the target of the parrots vocalizations.


While they do go through hormonal mood swings once they are sexually mature (4-5 years old) they tend to be less pronounced and don't last as long as in their cousins.

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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


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Mount Albert, Ontario


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