Blue-cheeked amazon

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Blue-cheeked amazon
Amazona dufresniana -two captive-8a.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Amazona
Species: A. dufresniana
Binomial name
Amazona dufresniana
(Shaw, 1812)

The blue-cheeked amazon (Amazona dufresniana), also known as blue-cheeked parrot or Dufresne's amazon, is a parrot found in northeast South America in eastern Venezuela, the Guianas and possibly far northern Brazil. It lives in forest and savanna woodlands up to 1,700 m (5,600 ft).

Description

It is about 34 cm (13 in) long. Its coloring is mostly green, with blue cheeks from around the eye to the neck (less on young), a yellow-orange wing speculum, a yellowish crown, and orange lores (the region between the eye and bill on the side of a bird's head).

The binomial of this species commemorates the French zoologist Louis Dufresne. Now monotypic, it formerly included the red-browed amazon as a subspecies.

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Amazona dufresniana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  • Juniper & Parr (1998) Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World; ISBN 0-300-07453-0.


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