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Southern Mealy Amazon

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Southern Mealy Amazon

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Mealy parrots are found in Central and South America, in Mexico and on the Caribbean coast. They inhabit dense, humid lowland rainforests near clearings but also populate wooded areas in savannas.

BEHAVIOUR

This are very social animals and often they interact with other species of parrots such as macaws. They usually form small foaging groups of 20 individuals, but before breeding season those flock are larger up to few hundred birds.

DIET

It feeds on a variety of fruit and seeds, buds, flowers and nectar.

REPRODUCTION

Mealy parrots have one partner for life. They build nest in tree-cavity and breed once a year. Female lays on average 3 eggs. Eggs are incubated for about four weeks. After hatching male parrots assist females in raising the young by regurgitating food for the female to eat.

GOOD TO KNOW

The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation in the Amazon Basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production.

  • Latin name: Amazona farinosa
  • IUCN –Red List – NT – near threatened
  • CITES – Appendix II

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