Red-lored Amazon parrot (Amazona autumnalis autumnalis)
The Zoo is home to two Amazon parrots, one male, Ralph and one female, Alice. Both were born in 1994 and arrived here in 2000. They get along very well and can often be seen grooming each other or singing to one another in their enclosure.
Status in the wild
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status: Least concern. Many of these birds are endangered because of habitat destruction and trapping for the pet trade.
This parrot is found in Central America and South America, typically among canopies of forests and jungles.
The Amazon parrot is an herbivore (plant eater); they feed mainly on fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, buds and blossoms.
- These birds are in trouble due to the wild bird trade, but if they are left alone, they can do quite well near humans.
- There are four subspecies of red-lored Amazon parrot.
- They lay about three or four eggs at a time and the hatchlings leave the nest after about 60 days.
- Avocado and eggplant are poisonous to these birds!
- They are common as pets, but tend to need a lot of attention because of the large group they live in naturally.