Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis)


French: Amazone impériale German: Kaiseramazone Spanish: Amazona imperial
Other common names: Imperial Parrot

Amazona imperialis


, 1899,





Mountain valleys of Dominica (Lesser Antilles), chiefly in Morne Diablotin area but also in Northern and Central Forest Reserves, and has recently re-established a small population in Morne Trois Pitons National Park#R#R.

Descriptive notes

45–51 cm. Head, nape and mantle purplish black, shading to purple with dark margins giving a scaled effect on undersides; thighs and vent dull green; wings dull green with... read more


A variety of screeches, squeels and rolling barks.


Moist forest chiefly at 600–1300 m, but may occur at lower elevations in wake of hurricanes... read more

Food and feeding

Wide range of fruits and/or seeds recorded, including Dacryodes, Licania, Richeria, Amanoa, ... read more


Feb–Jun. Nest in hole in tree, notably Dacryodes excelsa and Sloanea berteriana. Eggs two, though seldom more than... read more


Sedentary, but observed outside of its usual range in aftermath of hurricanes.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: confined to the Lesser Antilles EBA. Formerly common to abundant within relatively small,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis). 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 on 28 February 2020).