Blue Fronted Amazon
genus Amazona aestiva
xanthopteryx -yellow wing
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This species is one of my favorites, Mike Richard,
owner Royal Bird Company
often erroneous mislabeled bird is the Blue front Amazon,
Some misinformed dealers and many breeders still to this
day try to fix labels such as "Chaco" Blue
front. What does this mean? There is no such
species "Chaco" Blue Front Amazon Parrot.
There is a region in Argentina South America named
Chaco Province. This was once the main export of many
South American birds including the colorful Blue
Yellow Wing (amazona aestiva xanthopteryx) of the True
Blue Front Amazon (aestiva aestiva) origin Brazil. The birds trapped in
the Chaco regions were colorful with yellow and red in
the wings (shoulders). True Blue Fronted amazons does not have
extended yellow color on the wings. Brazil never
legally allowed many exports of any fauna or flora.
Therefore most people today would never see the real true Blue Fronted Amazons. Most "Blue
Fronts" today in the USA are the so called "Chaco"
if you do have to label them. Keeping in mind that you
would have to know the origins of a given bird in
order for any of these names to have any validity. So most of
these slang names are passed around without one really
understanding that they are not speaking of a real
species, its mostly describing where the birds
originated from many years ago. But keep in mind that
most breeders and owners do not even have a clue..They think they
have "Chaco Blue Fronts??"
green in color. The bend of the wing may vary from
reddish yellow to red at the bend of the wing. The
yellow winged sub species being mostly yellow with
little red. The feathers on the nape have dark borders
giving the scalloped effect. The beak is dark, nearly black. The
head is a variable mixture blue and yellow with a definite
blue forehead. The cheeks and crown are yellow. The
red in the flights is rather extensive. This species
is one of the best talking species of amazons.
Although some may not think that this species is as
talented as the Yellow Naped Amazon, we have seen some
that were actually better, It mostly depends on the
training. Blue Fronted Amazons seem to be active
and out going and many people relate this to
aggressive behavior, nothing could be farther from the
truth. They are curious and mischievous.
Fronted Amazons are one of three most popular species
of amazon parrots.
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