White-fronted Amazon

The White-fronted Amazon or Amazona Albifrons in Latin belongs to the family of the Amazon parrots .

Subspecies:

Amazona albifrons albifrons

Size: 26 cm in size


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Ring size : 8 mm

Gender discrimination : See text below. DNA research is best, then you are sure.

Male : The body color is mainly green. The front part of the skull and forehead is white, sometimes cream colored. The feathers around the eyes, reins and some feathers in the wing are red. On top of the skull the feathers are blue, just like the wing feathers. The naked eye ring is gray and the irises of the eyes pale yellow to orange. The bill has a yellowish horn color. The legs are brownish.

Female : The female is almost the same as the man. The only noticeable difference are the thumb feathers that look green instead of red on the female. Some pupae also lack the red in the wing.

Amazona albifrons nana

Size: 24 cm

Ring size: 7.5 mm

Gender difference: There is a difference, read Amazone albifrons albifrons for more info

Man and female: The Amazona albifrons nana is the same as the Amazona albifrons albifrons, but smaller

Amazona albifrons saltuensis

Size: 26 cm in size

Ring size: 8 mm

Gender difference: There is a difference, read Amazone albifrons albifrons for more info

Male and female:  The amazona albifrons saltuensis is largely the same as the Amazona albifrons albifrons. In this species the green is strongly blue.

Origin

A. a. Albifrons  is distributed in the western part of Central Mexico. A. a. Saltuensis is found in northwestern Mexico and  A. a. Nana  in southern Mexico from Veracruz to Costa Rica. White-fronted Amazons live in almost all biotopes: forest, open country, savannas, desert with cacti as well as mountainous landscapes. The food they consume consists mainly of all kinds of seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, blossoms, corn and leaf buds. In their habitat the birds migrate in pairs or in small groups, but on communal roosts there are flocks of hundreds of birds.

Accommodation

A suitable housing for a couple of white-fronted Amazons is an (indoor) aviary of approximately 2.5x2x2 (lxwxh). Preferably, the birds can also be kept in an outdoor aviary of approximately the same dimensions. Inside you can hang the nest box, a climbing tree and the food. Outside the birds can sunbathe or shower in the rain, only perches is sufficient.

As with most parrots and parakeets, it is recommended to make an aviary in metal or other non-gnawable material. Mesh must be at least 19 × 19 and 1.45mm thick. It is convenient to provide a feed turntable in metal. This way you do not have to enter the aviary to feed the birds and they cannot knock over the food pots.

Character

In captivity, they generally get used to their keepers fairly quickly. They are quite lively birds, which the enthusiast will enjoy for years. Like many amazons and South American curved beaks, they can make a lot of noise, especially during breeding season.

Nutrition

The daily diet for Amazon parrots, including white-fronted amazons, should consist of three equal parts.

  • a good quality parrot seed mixture
  • Eggfood with universal food and germ seeds
  • Fruit (apple, banana, pear, orange, …) and green food (carrot, tomato, chicory, …)

Furthermore, fresh water, stomach grit, bird grit should always be available. If they do not get the grit and stomach gravel, mix it with the food.

White-fronted Amazon in aviary

Breeding white-fronted amazons

Nestblok

The nest block should have a bottom surface of 24 cm x 24 cm and be made of thick planks. A natural log block is also a good option. The height of the block must be 60-80 cm and an entrance hole of + -10 cm. It is recommended to attach a stick to the outside and inside so that the birds can get in and out of the block more easily. It is also recommended to make an inspection hatch. With this you can easily monitor the incubation process.

Nest material

It is recommended to apply nesting material such as wood shavings or peat. A piece of rotten wood is also good. The birds will like to gnaw this piece, which improves the breeding mood

Breeding

The clutch consists of an average of 4 eggs that hatch after about 28 days of incubation. The young will stay in the nest for about 50 days and then leave the nest and be fed by the parents for a few more weeks.

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