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Breeding the Amazing Amazon Parrots

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by Gail J. Worth, Aves International

Amazon Parrots are all New World species occurring in Central and South America, Mexico, and many Caribbean Islands. Prior to October 1993, when commercial importation of wild-caught birds into the United States came to a halt, many thousands of hand-fed baby Amazons were imported annually. With this huge influx of imported baby birds to satisfy the pet market, there was very little incentive for USA aviculturists to work with the more common species in an earnest effort to breed them.

Now that this supply of babies, as well as adult breeding stock, is no longer being imported, it is imperative that aviculturists work with the common, as well as the rare Amazon species to establish captive self-sustaining populations.

Although the Amazon parrots can be a bit of a challenge to breed, the rewards of working with Amazons are great. Factors that contribute to the success or failure in breeding Amazons include age, health and compatibility of breeding stock, caging, type of nest box provided, diet, climate, and aviary management. Amazons are not exceedingly picky about exact conditions for breeding, and have been known to reproduce in a number of varying situations. However, there are some conditions that can be manipulated and which can perhaps afford a better chance for success.

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