Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot
genus Amazona aestiva aestiva and xanthopteryx-yellow wing
Description: Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot, also called blue front amazon.
Basically green in color. The bend of the wing of the blue front amazon parrot may vary from reddish yellow to red at the bend of the wing. Another type, The yellow winged blue fronted subspecies bend of wing being mostly yellow with little red or a mixture. The feathers on the nape have dark borders giving the scalloped effect. In males many times specks or flecks of red can be seen on the feather edges in the yellow around the head especially on the back of the neck. The beak of the blue fronted amazon is dark, nearly black. The head is a variable mixture blue and yellow with a definite blue forehead. The cheeks and crown are yellow. The red in the flights is rather extensive with little or no yellow (true blue fronted aestiva).
This species is one of the better talking species of amazons. Although some may not think that this species is as talented as the Yellow Naped Amazon, we have seen some that were very good talkers, however compared to a yellow naped nothing comes close, However, It mostly depends on the training. We have seen many bluefronted amazons that became great talkers, Handfed Blue Fronted Amazons seem to be active and out going and many people relate this to aggressive behavior, nothing could be farther from the truth. They are curious and mischievous as are all amazon parrots. They are AMAZONS and will act like an amazon parrot and fit the same known characteristics as all amazons, you must accept this or do not own an amazon parrot....get a cockatiel or keet.
Different variations of the species
An often erroneous mislabeled bird is the Blue Fronted Amazon. Some misinformed dealers and many breeders still to this day try to fix labels such as "Chaco" Blue Front Amazon. What does this term CHACO mean? Most of the time it means the person using this term really has no idea what they are talking about. Ask them what is a CHACO blue front amazon. Ask them why its called CHACO Blue Fronted Amazon. There is no such species "Chaco" Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot. Where this Chaco name actually got its origin,,,The importers would use this term to desribe the more colorful variations of birds they had exported from the Chaco regions of Argentina. There is a region or area in Argentina South America named Chaco Province. This was once the main export of many South American birds including the colorful Blue Fronted subspecies Yellow Wing (amazona aestiva xanthopteryx) this geographical variation or subspecies of the True Blue Front Amazon (aestiva aestiva). The origin of the true blue front amazon was Brazil. This nominate form was not as colorful as the ones from Chaco. The birds trapped in the Chaco regions were slightly different than ones we would see in areas of brazil.
The birds that were trapped in the Chaco regions were colorful with yellow and red in the wings (shoulders). True Blue Fronted amazons do not have extended yellow color on the wings. Brazil never legally allowed many exports of any fauna or flora. Therefore most people today would never actually see the real true Blue Fronted Amazons. We have seen few, when we was in the import business in the 80's we saw several shipments of true blue fronted amazons that had been sent to argentina and then exported out to the USA, there was no yellow in the wings.
Most "so called Blue Fronts" found offered by breeders or shops today in the USA are the so called "Chaco" in one form or another. However due to many hobbyist breeders and the breeders with untrained eye for detail, breeders would mix the two types. But when dealing with this species, we here at Royal Bird Company will go to great lengths to keep all species, subspecies and geo variations separate. We only pair the same with the same, We try to pair birds with similar colorations to do our best to maintain this species as pure as possible. We do not just throw any birds together, we take extra measures to get backgrounds on any breeder birds we may use in our programs, This is true responsible aviculture.
One can call them Chaco if you do have to label them. Keeping in mind that you would have to know the ancestory origins of a given bird in order for any of these names to have any real validity. So most of these slang names are passed around without one really understanding they are not speaking of a real species, its mostly describing where the birds originated from many years ago. But keep in mind that most breeders and owners do not even have a clue..They think they have "Chaco Blue Fronts??" i put these same type breeders, dealers and misinformed owners in the same group that talk about Bolivian scarlets or congo or cameroon african greys but that is another story of misinformed people trying to sound smart or as if they have a special bird.
Below is picture of a couple true babies of the
xanthopteryx-yellow wing blue fronted subspecies (CHACO)
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