The Red-crowned Amazon, (Amazona viridigenalis) also known as Red-crowned Parrot, Green-cheeked Amazon, or Mexican Red-headed Parrot, is an endangered Amazon parrot native to northeast Mexico. The current native wild population of between 1,000 and 2,000 is decreasing. The main threats to its survival are the illegal export of trapped birds from Mexico to the USA, and the destruction of habitat.
Head and neck
Their appearance is generally green with the most notable features being a bright red forehead and crown, dark blue streaks behind the eyes, and light green cheeks.
Their natural range is across the lowlands of northeastern Mexico. Feral birds have been introduced to urban communities of southern California and southern Florida. Birds in southeastern Texas may be either feral or wandering wild birds from Mexico.
They gather in large flocks being noisiest in the morning and evening. The characteristic screeching heard of these birds usually occurs when they travel in a large flock to a new feeding area. Diet consists of seeds, fruits, berries, flowers and nectar. Red-crowned Amazons nest in tree cavities like most other parrots.
This parrot is often kept as a pet and can be very affectionate and playful when given the attention they need from their owners. They should be given toys to play with if left alone. Although some are excellent talkers, they are best at mimicking sounds.