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Blue-fronted Amazon parrots are among the best-talking birds kept as pets. They have brilliant colorings, and each bird has distinct feather patterns to go along with its extroverted personalities. Known as comedians and feathered show-offs, they are an entertaining bird. They really enjoy spending time with their human flock, which is why they make excellent pets. This bird is a larger parrot, so you will need to provide it with lots of room and your dedicated time.

Care & Feeding

Most Amazon parrots love to bathe; and bathing opportunities can include joining their owner in the shower, getting a spray bath, or jumping in their water dish and splashing water all about. Bathing is an important part of an Amazon’s feather health. Because of their love of food and their habit of begging for table foods from their owners, Amazon parrots tend to tip the scales toward being overweight. An Amazon parrot needs a spacious cage with toys and swings spread out, as well as a play gym/play tree, climbing rope and/or ladders to scale to encourage movement and exercise.

Blue-Fronted Amazon Colors and Markings

The primary color of this parrot is beautiful lime green. Their “blue-fronted” description comes from a blotch of blue or turquoise found just above the beak. Though this is the species’ trademark, breeding has created a wide range of markings on the birds’ heads. These markings make it easier to distinguish an individual parrot from the flock.

Some birds have no blue on the head while others have a head that is almost entirely turquoise. Yellow typically surrounds the blue and stretches over and under the head before giving way to the body’s bright green feathers. You might even find birds with white patches.

Generally, the blue-fronted has touches of bright red on the shoulders and flight feathers, which may also have a violet tint when in flight. This also varies by individual, and some have only green shoulders, particularly wild parrots found in northwestern Argentina.

In captivity, there are a few color mutations such as cinnamon blue-fronted Amazons, which have brownish-yellow body feathers rather than green. The lutino variation typically has white feathers where you would generally expect yellow. There is also a blue mutation that has produced an entirely blue bird with patches of yellow.

Typically, the beaks are black, and the feet are grey. It’s a monomorphic species, so the males and females look alike. The only way to know the sex of your bird is through DNA or surgical sexing.

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