Salvin’s Amazon

Amazona autumnalis salvini

At the Zoo

You can find the Salvin’s amazons in the South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary.

Fascinating Facts

  • Salvin’s amazons are a subspecies of red-lored amazons.
  • Salvin’s Amazons have a strong beak which allows them to crack nutshells and a strong tongue that helps them to husk seeds.

Physical Characteristics

Male and female Salvin’s Amazons are similar in appearance. They have primarily green plumage with red “lore” feathers around the forehead, blueish feathers on the crown of the head and some red tail feathers. Unlike the similar red-lored Amazons, they lack yellow markings on their cheeks. They have powerful gray beaks. They are approximately 14 inches in length and weigh between 11 – 17 ounces.

They also use their special zygodactyl feet to manipulate or open food items. “Zygodactyl” means that they have two toes facing forward and two toes facing backward.


Salvin’s Amazons are found in eastern Nicaragua south to southwest Colombia and northwest Venezuela. These parrots are arboreal and found in tropical rainforest canopy, as well as other types of lowland forests and woodlands. 

They eat a variety of fruits,as well as seeds, flowers, buds, nuts and even coffee beans.

Social Behavior

It is thought that Salvin’s Amazons mate for life. They engage in mutual preening and partner feeding. They stay in flocks, except during the breeding season when they form pairs.

A clutch of 3 – 4 eggs is laid in a tree cavity where the female will incubate them for 26 days. Males will help tend to the chicks after they have hatched.

Status In The Wild

Salvin’s amazons are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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