What Is the Puerto Rican Parrot?


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The Puerto Rican parrot is indigenous to Puerto Rico and belongs to the genus Amazona, a group of small- to medium-sized parrots inhabiting South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This species has been on the World Conservation Union's critically endangered list since 1994.

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What Is the Puerto Rican Parrot?
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Adult plumage is primarily green with touches of blue on the upper wings and spots of red on the tail. Puerto Rican parrots are the smallest of the Amazona birds, measuring 11 to 12 inches in length and weighing 8 to 12 ounces. These birds are outgoing and active, but they are careful to avoid attention when they are near the nests they build in tree cavities. Puerto Rican parrots mate for life, breed yearly and produce two to four chicks that stay with them until the next breeding season.

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