Amazona tucamana ......................................................By Gideon Scheepers
These parrots are green with a black edging to the feathers on the body but not the wings. There is red on the forehead and primary coverts. The thighs are an orange-yellow and the primaries are green tipped with blue. And the upper and under tail-coverts yellowish-green the eye ring is whitish and the bill is light horn-colour. The iris is orange-yellow and feet are brownish-grey. The female is similar to the male, but with six red primary coverts at most, remainders of primary coverts are green. They become 25 cm in length.
Range & Habitat
They inhabit Argentina in the Tucumán province, Salta and Jujuy as well as southeast Bolivia. And Tarija. They prefer forest areas. They have become endangered in their areas due to trapping and deforestation. They are usually seen in small groups of 20-80 birds.
Housing in Aviculture
They can be housed in suspended or conventional aviaries, we prefer suspendeds, due to the hygiene factor, and the fact that the parrot's space is not encroached upon. Remember that in breeding season they as all Amazons become territorial and aggressive towards the keeper. We place the nestboxes on the outside of the aviary, so that nest inspection is done safely.
Breeding in Aviculture
This is often achieved these days, the pair should be supplied with a sturdy nestbox about 30 x 30 x 50 cm. Amazons pairs extremely aggressive towards other birds and sometimes also keeper; breeding begins early May; little courtship display, but frequent treading and mutual feeding before the first egg is laid. The usuall clutch size is 3 to 4 eggs. The incubation period is 23 to 25 days, with the young fledging after 50 to 55 days.
I know of no mutations. If you know of any please contact me at Gideon. or send us a pic.
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