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Red-lored Parrot
Amazona autumnalis (Linne 1758)

Also known as: Red-lored Amazon

Seen among the larger mixed flocks, though in lesser numbers is the Red-lored Parrot. In 1997, two were documented in the San Gabriel Valley (Mabb 1997a). This species has increased from 2 (Mabb 1997a) to 4-6 in the San Gabriel Valley. Young have been observed being attended by parents, so reproductive recruitment is suspected (Mabb 2002). Breeding has been documented in Orange County (Bowles/Erickson 2007, pers. obs.).

Distribution in California: Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties

Habitat in California: Residential and surburban areas.

Other Naturalized Locations: None noted.

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Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)
Photos this page © Bowles/Erickson |

Native Range and Habitat: Central America and northwestern South America, from eastern Mexico south to western Ecuador and in western Amazonia, northern Brazil.

Humid evergreen and deciduous lowland forests, but also in mature secondary growth, gallery forest along watercourses in open country, woodland, mangroves, plantations, and cultivation or pastures with remnant tall trees; in southwestern Ecuador, often in drier scrubby forest or woodland. (Forshaw 2006)

STATUS: Least Concern -- IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 800,000 km 2 . The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as 'common' in at least parts of its range (del Hoyo et al . 1997). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern. (BirdLife International)

Citation: BirdLife International 2004. Amazona autumnalis . In: IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. < >. Downloaded on 21 May 2007.

For more information, visit the Red-lored Amazon - BirdLife Species Factsheet published by BirdLife International.

Description: Green overall; forehead and lores red; crown and nape green, each feather edged bluish-lilac; upper cheeks and ear-coverts yellow, in some birds interspersed with red or completely orange; secondaries green becoming dark blue towards tips; first five secondaries with red wing-speculum; tail green with greenish-yellow tips; outer webs of outer tail-feathers blue, eye ring whitish; bill grey-horn colour; iris orange; feet grey. Immatures with less red to forehead; yellow cheeks interspersed with green; iris dark.

Average Length: 13.5 inches
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