Yellow Cheek Amazon, Red-lored Parrot

Yellow Cheek Amazon, Red-lored Parrot

This beautiful am is a pleasant, social parrot that enjoys its human companions. The Red-lored Parrot has an amiable personality, displaying less aggression than many of the other popular amazons. The Yellow Cheek Amazons are intelligent pet birds, quick and humorous at play, and you will enjoy their comical

Distribution of Red-lored Parrot

   The Red-Lored Amazon Amazona autumnalis was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. It is also called the Yellow Cheek Amazon and Red-lored Parrot.

  Red-lored Parrots are found in Central America from eastern Mexico to the peninsula of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.


  The Amazona autumnalis is on the IUCN Red List for Endangered Species as Least Concern (LC).

Description of Red-lored Parrot

   The Red-lored Amazon or Yellow Cheek Amazon has an overall green coloring. The lore and forehead are red, the crown is blue, and the cheeks are yellow. The wings are a spectacular array of color; green with red in the middle and blue on the outer edges and on the tips. The eye is dark brown with a white ring around it. The beak is gray but with a yellow horn color on the upper portion and the legs are greenish gray

   Juveniles will have less red on the lores and forehead, the cheeks may have some green, and the eye is orange. They become sexually mature at about 3 – 4 years. Mature birds are about 13 1/2 inches (34 cm) long from the top of the head to the tip of the tail. Their average lifespan is 40 to 60 years.

Care and feeding 

  In the wild these birds eat fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms and leaf buds, as well as enjoying some palm fruits. A pet bird will enjoy a varied diet, including a quality seed mix or a pelleted diet, and many fresh fruits and vegetables. Pellets will work if started at an early age. Plenty of human food that is nutritious can be offered. Avocado and chocolate are toxic to any parrot.

   For more about the Amazon parrot diet, see Amazon Parrots: Care and Feeding


A cage must not be too confining, so get one that your pet will be able to feel comfortable in.

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