The Vinaceous Amazon is a medium sized amazon measuring between 12-14 inches from head to tail and weighing 300-450 grams. Their name is derived from their vinaceous or purple-maroon colored chest and belly. Their feathers are heavily scalloped consequently their coloration is clearly evident.
The bird has green back feathers with dark edging. They have a narrow red patch just above the beak. The Vinaceous Amazon has a pinky-red beak with a horn colored tip. This birds’ coloration is striking, and when excited the Vinaceous head feathers crown in a halo-like fashion very similar to the Hawk Headed Parrot. These amazon parrots are very high pet quality; only Florida residents are able to purchase, however, we require a FL drivers license to acquire one of these awesome amazons.
World Population: 1000-2500
Range: SE Brazil from S Bahia and W Espirito Santo south to NE Argentina, in Misiones and possibly NE Corrientes, and SE Paraguay
Habitat: Found up to 1200m (3936 ft), locally 2000m (6560 ft) in tropical and subtropical mixed evergreen forest; in Brazil humid coastal forest, in E Paraguay Araucaria angustifolia stands and Euterpeedulis woodlands. Wild Diet: Feeds on flowers, fruits, seeds; may take cultivated crops, but impact from that is thought to be low. Threat Summary: Loss of habitat, selective logging, colonisation and agriculture threaten remaining forests. Also, a massive bird-smuggling operation was centred in Paraguay recently, and included Amazona vinacea. IUCN/CITES Rating: Endangered
Average Lifespan: The average lifespan of this bird in captivity is 30-50 years.
Sexing: Although this bird is not sexually dimorphic, the male is typically much larger than the female. For breeding purposes however a DNA test is the only true way to determine the sex of this bird.
Origin: The Vinaceous Amazon is a protected species as it is threatened by habitat loss. This parrot has become very rare in its native northeast Argentina, southeastern Brazil and eastern Paraguay.
Loudness: Although this bird is quiet compared to some of the more boisterous amazons, it can have a somewhat high-pitched call. The Vinaceous can be very vocal during periods of excitement and play.
Trainability: The Vinaceous Amazon has medium talking ability. They are extremely playful and love to spend time playing in their cages with toys. They are very acrobatic and love to swing and hang upside down. As with all birds, it is important to provide this bird with plenty of toys to chew. The Vinaceous Amazon is a great companion bird that will entertain and love those who care for them.