Mexican Red Headed Amazon shares many physical similarities with the rest of their family. But a few crucial details in both their looks and personality make them stand out. The adult birds reach an average length of around 13 inches (33 centimeters) and can weigh up to 10 ounces (270 grams). They also have a large wingspan – up to 16 inches (40 centimeters). Roomy cage and plenty of space are mandatory. These parrots are not sexually dimorphic – this means that males and females are identical.
Speech and Sounds
We all know that the biggest pride of all the Amazons is their great ability to talk, sing and mimic. It should not come as a surprise when your pet develops a substantial vocabulary or displays its great arsenal of memorized melodies and common sounds. They are certain to be at the center of attention, showing off their mimics in a goofy voice. They also have loud and often harsh natural calls, but these are usually heard only twice a day in short periods. Still, an Amazon parrot is best kept as a house pet, to avoid noise complaints.
Most Amazons share a generally similar image. The Mexican Red Headed Amazon displays striking tropical colors and is almost entirely green, with slightly darker shades on the wings and back. The distinct details that give them the name are based on the head. The forehead is bright red, with prominent purple or blue streaks just behind the eyes. Their cheeks are also green, but much lighter than the rest of the body. This simple coloration with prominent head details draws the attention to their pretty faces and their striking eyes.
These brightly colored, tropical parrots are a cheerful and a vibrant presence. Their best detail is their pretty face.
Care and Feeding
In the wild, these parrots subside on a variety of seeds, fruits, flower nectar and tree blossoms. As pets, the first and best choice should be the commercial seed mix designed and prepared just for Amazons. This has all the necessary bits and pieces to offer them an enjoyable and healthy diet. But you’ll need to add some much-needed vitamins in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables. Being larger parrots, your Amazons should enjoy an occasional meal of cooked rice, corn or chicken.
Health and Common Conditions
These hardy parrots are noted for their ability to adapt and endure most temperate conditions. Like a lot of larger birds, they can be prone to some feather loss due to neglect, loneliness, stress and bad hygiene. To avoid this, you must offer regular baths. This can be achieved by bathing dishes, regular showers, mist sprays or baths in the standard kitchen sink. Either one of these will be a treat for your Mexican Red Headed Amazon – they adore it!