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Green-Cheeked Amazon birds

Green-Cheeked Amazon Bird Species
Green-Cheeked Amazon Stats
Scientific Name:  Amazona viridigenalis
Size:  medium, 13 to 15 inches
Native Region:  Central and South America
Life Expectancy:  50 years
Noise Level:  Moderate
Talk/Trick Ability:  Good with training



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Green-Cheeked Amazon Species Profile
Traits:  The brightly colored green-cheeked Amazons' engaging attitude and affectionate personalities make them good family pets. These Amazons like human interaction, and they also do well interacting with other pet birds.

Behavior/Health Concerns:  Amazon have a tendency for obesity, so provide green-cheeked Amazon receives a balanced, low-fat diet of pellets, fruits and vegetables along with plenty of exercise. These pet birds are also susceptible to vitamin-A and calcium deficiencies and psittacosis. Larger housing is ideal for green-cheeked Amazons to give them plenty of room to climb, fly and play for exercise. Diana Holloway, former president of The Amazona Society, recommends a bird room not only to give the owner some quiet time but also to have an area where the pet bird can sleep well. Adult males are green with black trim on the nape, mantle and upper breast feathers and their forehead, lores and crown are crimson colored and a violet-blue band goes across the eye to the side of the neck. Females are similarly colored but with slightly redder crowns.

Expert Advice

“Not seen as often as the yellowheads. They should not be overlooked as their temperament and personality will compliment an active family.”

Diana Holloway, former president of The Amazona Society (amazonasociety.org) and former bird breeder

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