Cuban Amazon (a.k.a. Cuban Parrot, Rose-throated Parrot)
Amazona leucocephala

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Range and habitat:
The Cuban Amazon lives in different habitats on different Caribbean islands. It was once found throughout Cuba, but it is now mainly confined to the forested areas of Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud.

Natural diet:
The Cuban Amazon feeds on a number of fruits and seeds including the fruits of palm trees and mahogany seeds. Diet a the Zoo consists of Parrot Pellets, seeds, fruit, vegetables, and they often receive peanuts as a treat or reward.

Size / weight range:
The Cuban Amazon is a medium-sized parrot 28–33 cm (11–13 in) long and weighs 240-262g (8.4-9.1 oz).
The male of the species has a blackish body with a reddish brown crest and a red patch around eye. Females are green with no crest. Males are larger than females.

Interesting Fact:
In the winter Cuban Amazons gather in flocks, and disperse into pairs during the breeding season.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, occasional natural disasters and hunting in some areas, the Cuban Amazon is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is protected with a listing on Appendix I and II of CITES, which declares that taking parrots from the wild is illegal and prohibits trade of wild-caught parrots.

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