Amazona viridigenalis................................................................By Gideon Scheepers
Like most amazons it is mainly green with all feathers having a dark edging except for the cheeks, which is a bright shade of green. The forehead, crown and lores are red. The eye ring is white and the bill is horn-coloured. The iris is orange-yellow. They grow to a length of 33 cm
Range & Habitat
Green Cheeks are found in Mexico in wooded areas along rivers and forest. They have become quite rare across its range in recent years due to deforestation and over trapping. They can usually be seen in pairs, groups or flocks of up to several hundred birds.
Housing in Aviculture
Amazons will be happy in suspendeds as well as conventional aviaries with an attached nestbox with access from the outside, as the male becomes extremely aggressive during the breeding period and will not hesitate to attack the keeper.
Breeding in Aviculture
They are not as easy to get breeding as the Blue Fronteds for example,
but they do settle down and breed regularly. The male begins courtship
with a great display of flashing eyes, tail fanning and screeching,
the hen will then lay a clutch of 2 to 3 eggs, which she alone will
incubate for the next 26 days. The chicks will fledge after 8 to 10
weeks. You should supply pairs with a nestbox measuring about 30 x 30
x 60 cm.
I only know of a cinnamon mutation. If you know of any mutation Amazons please contact me or send a pic to Gideon.
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