White-fronted amazon

(Amazona albifrons)


White-fronted amazon IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

The white-fronted is a small amazon species, reaching a total length of only 25 cm and a body-weight of about 230 g.

The plumage is mostly green, scaled with black over head, breast and upper back. The forehead and forcrown are white, the midcrown blue, and the lores and feathered area around the eye red. Large wing feathers largely blue, inner webs of tail feathers red basally. In the male, alula and primary wing coverts are red.

Outside the breeding season, white-fronted amazons have communal roosts and are usually travelling in flocks of up to 50 birds or more.


Breeding occurs mostly during the dry season. Natural tree cavities or former woodpecker nests are used for nesting. A clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

White-fronted amazons feed on figs, seeds, nuts, blossoms, corn, mangoes and other crops.

Did you know?
that there are three subspecies of white-fronted amazon? The nominate form, A. a. albifrons ranges along the Pacific coast from Central Mexico to Guatemala, A. a. saltuensis is confined to north-western Mexico, and A. a. nana occurs from southern Mexico to Costa Rica.


Class AVES
Name (Scientific) Amazona albifrons
Name (English) White-fronted amazon
Name (French) Amazone à front blanc
Name (German) Weissstirnamazone
Name (Spanish) Loro frentiblanco
Local names Costa Rica: Lora
CITES Status Appendix II
CMS Status Not listed



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Range Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
Habitat Subtropical and tropical dry and moist lowland forests, including degraded former forests, savannas and agricultural districts.
Wild population No global figures available, but population believed to be large
Zoo population 88 reported to ISIS (2008)

In the Zoo

White-fronted amazon


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 11D of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

Amazons are conspicuous and attractive birds, which are good ambassador species for the conservation of neotropical forests. They have an interesting anatomy and behaviour, are intelligent birds able to mimic human speech and even to associate words with their meanings, and are thus also of educational interest. Zoos may keep amazon parrots also for animal welfare reasons as they may have to take care of confiscated birds, or former pet birds.