Saint Vincent amazon
|Saint Vincent amazon|
|Saint Vincent amazon|
The bird is 40 cm (16 in) long. The plumage of this attractive species is highly variable: virtually no two birds look alike, with a yellowish white, blue and green head, greenish-bronze upperparts, violet blue-green wings, grey feet, and reddish eye. Its tail feathers are blue with broad yellow tips. Both sexes are similar.
There are two different colour morphs: a more common ‘yellow-brown’ morph, and a less common ‘green’ morph. Although both morphs are broadly similar in appearance, the upperparts of the 'green' morph are mainly dull-green and the head is bluish white.
Range and habitatEdit
It lives in rainforests in the island's central mountains, from 125 to 1,000 m (410 to 3,281 ft); it prefers mountains and valleys at low elevation because there are larger, mature trees needed for the nests.
The combined effects of habitat loss, hunting for food, the capture to trade them as pets, and natural disasters (volcanoes and hurricanes, made that the number of Saint Vincent Amazon declined through the 20th century.
A group of conservation measures has been able to avoid the extinction of the St Vincent Amazon, including: the enforcement of international and domestic legislation protecting this species from hunting and trade; the protection of habitat through the establishment of the St Vincent Parrot Reserve; and the delivery of successful public education campaigns.
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- "St vincent amazon Amazona guildingii". BirdLife International (2013). Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- A morph is one of two or more distinct types of a given species, often distinct colour forms, which occur in the same population at the same time (that is, they are not geographical or seasonal variations
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- Culzac-Wilson, Lystra; Amos Glasgow, Andrew Lockhart, Fitzroy Springer and Andrew Wilson (January 2003). "The Amazona guildingii: Conservation Status and Future Survival" (pdf) in 7th International Aviculturist Society Convention. International Aviculturists Society. 2003 Proceedings of the International Aviculturists Society . Retrieved on 4 July 2013.
- "Saint Vincent Amazons or St. Vincent Parrots (Amazona guildingii)". Avian Web. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- "Amazona guildingii". Species Database. UNEP-WCMC. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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