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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

23 Amaze-wing Facts About The Saint Lucia Amazon For Kids

To learn more about this bird, read these Saint Lucia Amazon facts.

The Saint Lucia Amazon (Amazona versicolor) belongs to the family Psittacidae. This bird is known to be restricted to the island of St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles and is the national bird of St. Lucia. These birds are not considered wild. This parrot species population inhabit areas with a range of elevations of about 984 ft (300 m) and they inhabit forests that are moist and mature and are confined to central and southern mountains types of habitat. Its natural habitat is known to be tropical and subtropical mountain forests.

The breeding season of this species of parrot takes place from March to August. One or two eggs are laid and incubation is done by the female for about 24 days. Fledging of young ones takes place when they are 70-77 days old. The plumage of this Saint Lucia Amazon parrot or Lucia parrot species is green with the feathers having edges that are black colored. The regions between the eyes and the bill and also the sides of the bird's head, forehead, and forecrown are known to be violet-blue in color which extends to the back of the crown and turns pale bluish. They are known to have a reddish-colored band on the breast part and the breast feathers are known to have brown-reddish edges. The bill of this parrot is known to be gray and the upper beak has a horn-colored base. The diet of this parrot consists of nuts, fruits, and berries. The population of this parrot is placed under the Vulnerable category of conservation position or ranking. Various measures are being taken to protect this species such as equipment has been provided to the forestry department, and the staff of forestry are being provided with education and training.

Continue reading for more interesting facts about the Saint Lucia Amazon bird or as its scientific name states Amazona versicolor.  If you want to lean about more birds, read our articles on the little bee-eater and the hummingbird.

Saint Lucia Amazon Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Saint Lucia Amazon?

It is a species of bird.

What class of animal does a Saint Lucia Amazon belong to?

It belongs to the class of Aves of birds.

How many Saint Lucia Amazons are there in the world?

The specific number of the populations of the St. Lucia Amazon bird is not estimated yet.

Where does a Saint Lucia Amazon live?

It is believed that this species is restricted to the island of St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles and thus, is known to be the national bird of that region.

What is a Saint Lucia Amazon's habitat?

The population of these parrots are mostly found in areas with elevations of about 984 ft (300 m) and they inhabit forests that are moist and mature. They are limited to the central and southern mountains. Their natural habitat is known to be tropical and sub-tropical mountain forests that are moist.

Who do Saint Lucia Amazons live with?

Not much is known about whether these parrots live in groups or alone.

How long does a Saint Lucia Amazon live?

The lifespan of this Lucia parrot is possibly known to be around 30 years.

How do they reproduce?

It is believed that the mating season begins in March to August. One or two eggs are laid and incubation is done by the female for about 24 days. Fledging of young ones takes place when they are 70-77 days old.

What is their conservation status?

These birds are placed under the Vulnerable category of conservation status by the IUCN Red List.  

Saint Lucia Amazon Fun Facts

What do Saint Lucia Amazons look like?

The plumage of this St. Lucia Amazon is green with the feathers having edges that are black colored. The regions between the eyes, the bill, and the sides of the bird's head, forehead, and forecrown are known to be violet-blue in color which extends to the back of the crown and turns pale bluish. They are known to have a reddish-colored band on the breast part and the breast feathers are known to have brown-reddish edges. The abdomen part of this parrot is also reddish-brown with a green base, while the thighs and lower abdomen are pale green in color. The under tail, underwing, and upper tail coverts are known to be yellowish-green in color. The primaries are violet-blue and the secondaries are green with violet-blue tips or edges. The bill of this parrot is gray and the upper beak has a horn-colored base. They are known to have orange iris and the feet are gray. Juveniles are known to have brown colored iris.

The plumage and bill of this species are some of its most identifiable features.
*Please note that this is an image of an Amazon parrot, not a Saint Lucia Amazon. If you have an image of a Saint Lucia Amazon, please let us know at [email protected]

How cute are they?

St. Lucia Amazon parrots are considered cute because of their plumage.

How do they communicate?

Just like other species, these parrots also produce various sounds and calls to communicate with each other.

How big is a Saint Lucia Amazon?

The length of this parrot is around 17-17.2 in (43.2-44 cm) and is small or similarly sized to the kea parrot, but larger than a Senegal parrot.

How fast can a Saint Lucia Amazon fly?

The exact speed of this parrot is unknown.

How much does a Saint Lucia Amazon weigh?

The weight of this bird is around 24 oz (680 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

It is believed that the males are referred to as cocks, while the females are known as hens.

What would you call a baby Saint Lucia Amazon?

There is no particular name for the baby of this parrot but in general, they are referred to as chicks, young ones, or juveniles.

What do they eat?

The diet of these birds consists of nuts, berries, and fruits.

Are they poisonous?

These birds or parrots are not considered poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

Not enough information is available about this bird as a pet or in captivity but is not considered a wild bird.

Did you know...

The St. Lucia Amazon parrot (Amazona versicolor) is locally known as a Jaquot.

The calls of this bird are considered to be harsh screeching and their shrill squawks can be heard occasionally. Soft purring is known to be heard when feeding or preening.

This parrot species is known to be medium noisy to noisy chewers and thus, constantly require branches to satisfy the urge to chew.

It is believed that the population of this species is on the rise.

The reasons for this species being Endangered include natural disasters, illegal trade, and loss of its natural habitat.

It is believed that these birds are rare in captivity.

Are Saint Lucia Amazons endangered?

These birds or the population of these parrots are categorized as Vulnerable and are protected by the law. Regular count of the population and technical types of equipment have been provided to the forestry department. Also, education and training of the forestry staff has been undertaken and reconstruction projects have been implemented to protect this national bird of St. Lucia.

How do you identify a Saint Lucia Amazon?

Not enough information is available about this parrot but it can be identified by its plumage.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our cockatoo facts and Amazon parrot facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable saint lucia amazon coloring pages.

* Please note that the main image is of a thick-billed parrot, not a Saint Lucia Amazon. If you have an image of a Saint Lucia Amazon, please let us know at [email protected]

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