Blue fronted Amazon
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Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to " Amazon Parrots " web page for general details on the housing of Amazon Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.
The Blue fronted Amazon Parrot prefers a large aviary of at least 3 metres and up to 5 metres long. A suspended cage should be 3000 mm long, about 1200 mm high and 1200 mm wide (10 x 4 x 4 ft).
To help relieve boredom and as a way of
providing exercise, suitable bird toys can be placed in the aviary.
Most bird toys are designed to be chewed up and will require replacing
after the birds have reduced them to splinters. Aviary breeding
birds will enjoy playing with and destroying bird toys just as much as
Amazons love to bathe.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Amazon Parrots " web page for general details on the feeding of Amazon Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.
In the wild the Blue fronted Amazon Parrot's natural diet includes seeds, fruits, nuts as well as flower and leaf buds and also berries. Some insects and/or insect larvae may be consumed.
Aviary diet to include fruits and vegetables
plus a quality seed mix. As with most other parrots, corn-on-the-cob and apple
is a favourite.
Commercial Parrot pellets may make up part of a balanced diet.
Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared. If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season. Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed. If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
Cock bird can be very aggressive at
Breeding: Egg Colour White. Clutch/s per year 1, occasionally 2. Eggs per nest 3 - 5. Incubation approx 27 days. Fledge approx 8 - 9 weeks. Independent approx. another 2 or 3 weeks.
The Blue fronted Amazon Parrot can become aggressive and territorial at breeding season and may attack the keeper. Nest boxes are best positioned so the nest inspection can be carried out from outside the aviary. Nest inspection is best done when the adult birds are out of the nest.
Many breeders remove the eggs a few days prior to hatching. The eggs are artificially incubated, hatched and the young hand reared. The adult pair is allowed to rear all or part of one clutch per season. This can maximize the number of young reared and increase the number of clutches the hen may lay. Hand reared birds can be sold as pets or companion birds.
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.