At the Zoo: Red-browed Amazon Parrot
The Red-browed amazon is one of the largest amazon parrot species in the world. Their name comes from the bright red color on this parrot’s forehead, which fades to yellow, blue, and purple around the cheeks and throat. Back in their native habitat in Brazil, Red-brows prefer to roost and feed in the tops of forest trees. At one time, they were found in large flocks that lived in the very tops of the rainforest canopy. They are excellent at camouflaging themselves, so as you pass by their enclosure in the Main Aviary, see if you can spot all 6.
Red-brows are active foragers, and in the wild their diet consists of a wide variety of fruits, vegetation, seeds, and nuts. Here at the Zoo, we created something similar to their diet in the wild. They eat lots of sunflower seeds, a variety of nuts, some fruits, and veggies.
Red-brows in the Zoo are known for their mimicking abilities, repeating sounds and words they hear on a daily basis. If you are lucky, while strolling through our Main Aviary, you may hear our Red-brows counting off “1, 2, 3, 4” or whistling a tune for you.
About: Red-browed Amazon Parrot
Humid lowland forests and Atlantic forests.
Central eastern Brazil.
Weight: 0.8-1.5 pounds.
Length: 13-15 inches.
Lays 4 eggs with an incubation period of 24 days.
Fruit, seeds, berries, and buds.
Fun Facts: Red-browed Amazon Parrot
- Parrots are known as zygodactylous, which is a bird that has the first and fourth toes pointing backwards whereas the second and third toes point forward.
- Parrots mate for life – they are monogamous birds.
- The smallest parrot in the world is the Buff-faced pygmy parrot (Micropsitta pusio). This little bird only weighs 0.4 oz. and grows to only 3.5 inches.
- Wild parrots rarely imitate or mimic human sounds.
Conservation: Red-browed Amazon Parrot
The Red-browed amazon was once a common parrot in southeastern Brazil. It is now listed as endangered and found in only a small fragment of its original range, due to logging and the illegal pet trade. When rainforests are logged, parrots and other animals lose their homes and sources of food. When animals are collected from the wild for the illegal pet trade, many become sick and die before being sold. Working together, we can help to reverse these trends.
The Zoo has partnered with The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, to work diligently toward housing and breeding Red-brows in the hopes that one day we can release them back into protected Brazilian rainforest.
How You Can Help
Adopt an Animal!
You can help support expert animal care at the Zoo as well as local and global conservation efforts by purchasing a symbolic animal adoption package.
When you become a member of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo you are supporting conservation year-round.
Be a Conservation Leader!
Each of us can help protect the environment, wildlife, and habitats through choices we make in our daily lives. Even small changes can make big positive impacts on the world around us.
- Be a responsible pet owner – If you are interested in having a parrot as a pet, first do your research! Find a pet store that gets their parrots from US-based breeders, or breeds their parrots on site. Also, while different types of parrots have different needs, all parrots are long-lived and very social. Make sure you have the time to commit to a new family member, for what may be a few decades.
- Talk about it – Educate your friends and family that may be interested in having a pet parrot. Encourage them to learn about and not support illegal wildlife trafficking, too!