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Thanks fairy-wren - I was so glad to see this posting of a Mealy Parrot photo. I was fortunate to spend a few weeks at Tambopata Research Station in the heart of the Peruvian (Amazonian) Rainforest where Donald Brightsmith is studying Macaws. I expected to be wowed by the Macaws, and was, but I was amazed by the biodiversity of the area, and unexpectedly fell in love with these charming Amazonian Parrots.
The Mealy Parrot or Mealy Amazon is social and can be found in pairs or in large flocks. They are even known to interact with other parrots, such as macaws. They are usually quiet but can be loud at dusk and dawn. In captivity, they are known as one of the gentlest and calmest of all amazons.
The diet of the Mealy Amazon consists mostly of fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, blossoms, and leaf buds.
After Mealy Amazons reach sexual maturity they usually form monogamous relationships with a single partner. Each year courtship usually begins in early spring, and the female will usually lay three or four white eggs in tree-cavity nest. The female incubates the eggs for about 26 days. The male regurgitates food for the female during the incubation period, and later for the chicks in the nest as well. The chicks leave the nest about 60 days after hatching.
It is fairly common in most of its range, but has declined locally due to habitat loss and trapping for wild parrot trade. Though protected, the species are still smuggled into the United States from Mexico. In some areas Mealy Amazons are hunted as food. It may also be considered a crop pest. Source
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