Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Vulnerable

Black-billed Amazon (Amazona agilis)


Taxonomy

French: Amazone verte German: Rotspiegelamazone Spanish: Amazona jamaicana piquioscura
Other common names: Black-billed Parrot
Taxonomy:

Psittacus agilis

Linnaeus

, 1758,

Jamaica

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Part of the Greater Antillean lineage, which includes also A. albifrons, A. collaria, A. leucocephala, A. ventralis and A. vittata#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Jamaica, from Cockpit Country E to Mt Diablo and E slopes of the John Crow Mts#R.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 178 g. Green, paler on underparts and yellowish green on under­tail-coverts; often red flecks on forehead; feather edges on nape dark, giving slight scaled effect... read more

Voice

A variety of screeches and calls, most with a very nasal tonal quality.

Habitat

Wet mid-level limestone forest generally at 500–1600 m.

Food and feeding

Fruit, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms and leaf buds, species including Cecropia, Ficus, Annona, Nectandra... read more

Breeding

Mar–May. Nest at least 18 m up in hollow limbs or holes in trees, sometimes old woodpecker holes and bases of bromeliads. Eggs 2... read more

Movements

Temporary local shifts in populations have been found to occur in response to food availability.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Formerly considered as common as sympatric A. collaria, but now less so and has become very... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2017). Black-billed Amazon (Amazona agilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54737 on 18 October 2017).