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Alternative name: Red-crowned Amazon

Photo © by Richard Bledsoe
Point Loma, San Diego, California, March 2003
Amazona viridigenalis


33 cm (13 in)

  • Green overall plumage
  • Red lores, forehead and mid-crown
  • White orbital ring
  • Bright green cheeks and ear-coverts
  • Bluish-grey streaks from eyes down the neck


Endemic to Mexico.

They have been introduced to Texas, California, and Hawaii. In California they hybridize with the (also introduced) Lilac-crowned Parrot.


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Joe & Tony Oliveira Park, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA, May 2022

This is a monotypic species[1].


They are found in tropical evergreen gallery forests, in dry lowlands. Also deciduous canyon woodlands.



Their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruits, berries, flowers and nectar depending on the season. Some populations are very dependent on pine seeds.


They nest in tree cavities originally used by woodpeckers.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Enkerlin-Hoeflich, E. C. and K. M. Hogan (2020). Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.recpar.01

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