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Lesser Known Pet Parrot Species that Delight and Inspire. Part 5

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Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens

This is Part 5 in our series, we look at several lesser-known psittacine pet species in commercial aviculture, and the captivating personalities of these parrots. In some cases, it may take time and effort for a prospective pet buyer to locate and obtain such a hookbill, as there may be waiting lists. Therefore, these notable species may be uncommon and infrequently advertised by those facilities selling better recognised psittacines.

Moreover, inspiring aviculturists to reproduce these 'sleeper' birds has a positive effect on domestic parrot conservation. Continued availability and genetic viability of captive parrot populations in the USA has always been influenced by public demand. Pet owners can help individual species also.

Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis)
Considering the massive numbers of Red-lored Amazon parrots wild trapped and imported into the USA in the 1970s and early 1980s, when compared to other Amazon species, there are relatively few competent producing pairs established in American aviaries. Several reasons have caused this. First of all, hens imported from the wild have always been scarce. Secondly, autumnalis is one of two noted wild trapped Amazon species that often made the adjustment to captivity and subsequent life as a pet parrot extremely well, the other being the Orange-winged Amazon reviewed in the article series earlier.

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