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This is a free-flying individual that nested in a seaside motel garden and was ringed by some local ornithologists. It came to a feeder tray the motel owners put out for it.
Photo by Peter Bono
Isla Compriea south of Registro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 2003

Alternative name: Red-tailed Amazon

Amazona brasiliensis


  • Deep green upperparts
  • Yellowish green underparts
  • Red forehead
  • Blue throat and cheeks
  • Broad red band on undertail


South America: found in the south-eastern Brazil (south-eastern São Paulo and Paraná).

This species is one of three rare and local Amazona parrots that are Red-listed endemics to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil (Red-spectacled and Red-browed are the others).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal restinga forest.



Its diet includes fruit, leaves, flowers and the insects within fruit.


It nests in woodpecker holes and hollows in tall trees. The clutch consists of 2 and 4 eggs which are incubated for about 27 days. Fledging follows a further 50 or so days later.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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