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Orange-winged Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by juninho
Botanical Gardens of Georgetown, Guyana 21 March 2005

Alternative name: Orange-winged Amazon

Amazona amazonica


Photo © by NJLarsen
Strathclyde, Barbados, 28 June 2023

33 cm long and weighs 340 g. Green, lateral blue stripe on the side of the head, some yellow on the crown, cheeks and outer tail tips, and an orange speculum. Sexes are alike.


Subspecies tobagensis, found only on Trinidad and Tobago, is larger then the nominate form, and has more orange in the wing.


South America: from Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, to the Guianas, Brazil and Bolivia as well as in Ecuador and northern Peru. There is an isolated population in eastern Brazil. The species has been introduced several places such as Florida, USA and Barbados.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. a. amazonica
    • E Colombia to Venezuela, the Guianas, n Bolivia and e Brazil
  • A. a. tobagensis
    • Trinidad and Tobago


Forest and semi-open country in lowlands, mostly below 600 m asl.


3-5 white eggs are laid in a tree cavity, and incubated by the female for 3 weeks, with a further two months to fledging.

The diet includes fruit and seeds, including the fruit of palm trees and sometimes cocoa.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collar, N. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Orange-winged Parrot (Amazona amazonica), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.orwpar.01

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