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Old 03-30-2008, 11:26 PM
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What species?!

My friend is trying to find a home for this mystery bird. I said I would help try to ID it, but I'm not having much luck. Does anyone here know what type of Amazon this is??
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:47 PM
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Re: What species?!

Oops! Could I even be wrong about it being an Amazon??

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Old 03-31-2008, 12:01 AM
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Re: What species?!

That is a lovely yellow-winged bluefront amazon. He is almost what could be called a choco bluefront. Choco refers to a small part of the bluefronts range where they are often very colorful. Sometimes the yellow on the wings extends even further than your friend's bird, and they often have a blueish tint to their green feathers. The aviary I used to work for had a really good pair of choco bluefronts who produced brilliantly colored young every year.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:07 AM
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Re: What species?!

Oh thank you! I would have never figured that out myself. I was starting to think he/she is a Yellow-shouldered Amazon based on these pictures: http://www. fotosearch. com/photos-images/amazonia.html But maybe they ID'd that parrot wrong? Or they are just different and I can't tell. lol
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:11 AM
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Re: What species?!

Oh also can he/she be sexed from the pictures?
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:15 AM
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Re: What species?!

You wont be able to post links untill you make a few more posts, but we also had yellow shouldered amazons at the aviary. They look similar to bluefronts but they are smaller and have no blue on their foreheads. If you look on the species identification sticky in the amazon section there should be some pics of both types of bluefront and yellow shouldereds.
In the ninetys there were a lot of yellow-winged bluefronts imported into the US, and we saw a lot of them even though they are less common than the nominate form in the wild.
By the way, welcome to the forum.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:19 AM
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Re: What species?!

It is really hard for me to sex amazons in photos. I can sometimes tell sex in person, but thats not 100% anyway.
It doesn't cost very much to have them DNA sexed and it doesn't hurt the bird at all. None of the risks involved with surgical sexing.
You can ask a vet about it or probably get the kit right from Zoogen or Avian Biotec.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:21 AM
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Re: What species?!

Thank you so much, you are so helpful! And thanks for the welcome.

That link actually works if you take the brackets out. It's a picture of an Amazon with a remarkably similar head, but very little yellow on its wings. They have labled it a yellow-shoulder. I think I'm happy with your ID though! Thanks again!
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:24 AM
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No problem. I love amazons. And those are great pictures. I am sure everyone will enjoy seeing them.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:29 AM
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Re: What species?!

I have one more question while I'm at it... About how much would an Amazon cost? What is a general price range for a healthy, young parrot?
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