The Lilac-crowned Parrot is mainly distributed in the western Pacific coast of Mexico. The Lilac-crowned Parrot is very beautiful, especially the lavender blue feathers and red feathers on the forehead are very typical.
The Lilac-crowned Parrot is a medium-sized Amazon parrot with a more independent and cautious personality. The young birds raised from childhood will become very cute pet birds. There are two subspecies. Due to a major reduction in habitat, the number of Lilac-crowned Parrot has been threatened, and it has been included in the CITES level one conservation list.
Morphological characteristics of Lilac-crowned Parrot
The Lilac-crowned Parrot should be about 32cm in adult body length and be of medium size. Its typical characteristics are the lavender blue feathers on its head and the red feathers on the forehead are very eye-catching.
The Lilac-crowned Parrot’s forehead and upper eye are dark red. The cheeks and the bottom of the ears are pale lime green. The top cover, sides of the head and the nape of the neck are beautiful lavender or powder blue, and some crown feathers have black edges. The feathers of Ji have clear black edges and green, the back is dark green, buttocks and tail are green, with bright luster. The edges of the wing feathers have blue to green tones. There are small red patches on the tail. The bottom cladding is yellow-green with a dark blue border. Some feathers of the throat reflect yellow-green luster in blue. The rest of the lower body has yellow-green feathers and some black scales on the chest. The tip of the tail is yellow-green. There are external threads and a slight bluish tint on the outer tail feathers. The beak is pink. The iris is orange-red and the legs are gray.
Living Environment of Lilac-crowned Parrot
The Lilac-crowned Parrot has a gentler personality and is suitable for keeping as a pet bird. For households, the bird should be kept in a strong metal cage with enough space for movement. Birds in cages can sometimes be very noisy, but if they are kept in a large aviary, they will be much quieter.
The Lilac-crowned Parrot, which are very gentle by nature, not only require a relatively wide space, but also a constant lack of excitement will make them feel dull. Therefore, it is best for owners to prepare a sufficient space and put a lot of their favorite toys (such as Bell), so that the active parrot will not feel bored.
In the wild, it mainly inhabits lowland forest areas and mountainous areas with a height of 600-2200 meters. It also likes activities in pine forest areas or oak trees. It usually moves in groups, sometimes as high as 300 people gather, and hundreds of them gather to rest in the trees where they live. It is quite noisy when flying in groups. There is also a habit of migration. The location of the migration depends on the availability of food.
Breeding Knowledge of Lilac-crowned Parrot
Lilac-crowned Parrots are well tamed and learn to speak simple words, but their speaking ability is not as good as other parrots. The bird has a relatively shy and calm personality, and has a relatively strong adaptability. It is usually very healthy and strong after the adaptation period. Young birds look better than adults.
The Lilac-crowned Parrot eats figs most in the wild, followed by berries, nuts, flowers, and shoots from the tops of trees. They can also feed on crops such as banana forests or corn fields, causing agricultural losses, and farmers often shoot them.
They usually build nests in tree holes. Generally occupy the nests of arboreal woodpeckers and even old nests in termite mounds. The breeding season is from February to June, and it becomes quite noisy before and after the breeding period. During courtship, male birds usually raise their neck feathers, swing their wings and tail, and female birds lay about 2-4 eggs at a time. During hatching It takes 26-28 days, usually not every one hatches smoothly, and the chicks will develop feathers after about 8 weeks.