At a Glance

A large, short-tailed parrot, native from eastern Mexico to northwestern South America. In southern California and southern Texas, birds escaped from captivity are often seen mixed in with flocks of other feral parrots, such as Red-crowned and Yellow-headed Parrots.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


13" (33 cm). A chunky, short-tailed parrot, mostly bright green. Red on forehead and lores, dull blue crown. Birds from the northern part of the range (Mexico to northern Nicaragua) have bright yellow cheeks. Like other Amazona parrots, has a red patch in the wing, most obvious in flight.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Pointed, Tapered
Tail Shape
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Produces a wide variety of sounds, from high-pitched trilling, to loud, metallic scolding.


Wide range of habitats including tropical rain forest, woodlands wet woodlands, cultivated areas with trees, plantations. Mostly below 2,500 feet.



3-4 white eggs laid in a tree cavity. 26 day incubation and chicks fledge in about 60 days after hatching.

Climate Vulnerability

Conservation Status