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Cuban Parrot

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Alternative name: Rose-throated Parrot; Cuban Amazon

Subspecies caymanensisPhoto by Ron OrensteinGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands, February 2004
Subspecies caymanensis
Photo by Ron Orenstein
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, February 2004
Amazona leucocephala

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[edit] Identification

28–33cm

  • Green
  • Blue in wings
  • Pink chin, throat and lower face
  • Dull red belly
  • White forehead and eyerings
  • Horn bill
  • Head colour varies according to subspecies

Juvenile

  • No red on belly
  • Less pink on chin, face and neck

[edit] Distribution

Cuba, Bahamas and Cayman Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A.l. leucocephala in Cuba and Isle of Pines
  • A.l. caymanensis in Grand Cayman Island
  • A.l. hesterna in Cayman Brac
  • A.l. bahamensis in the Bahamas

A recent paper describes two new subspecies, splitting bahamensis in three[2].

Subspecies bahamensisPhoto by PluviusAbacos, Bahamas, March 2010
Subspecies bahamensis
Photo by Pluvius
Abacos, Bahamas, March 2010

[edit] Habitat

Scrub and pine forests; subtropical, semi deciduous dry forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes seeds and fruit.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in tree holes, except on Abaco in the Bahamas, where nesting happens in hollows in Limestone. The 2-4 white eggs are incubated by the female for 26–28 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing additional subspecies in Cuban Parrot
  3. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2016). Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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