Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

White-faced Amazon (Amazona kawalli)


French: Amazone de Kawall German: Kawallamazone Spanish: Amazona de Kawall
Other common names: Kawall's Amazon, Kawall's Parrot, White-chinned Amazon

Amazona kawalli

Grantsau and Camargo

, 1989,

Mato Piri, right bank of Rio Juruá below Eirunepé, Amazonas, Brazil


Taxonomic status of this form was at first in doubt, and it was widely suspected to be an aberrant form of A. farinosa, but now fully acknowledged as a valid species. Monotypic.


Amazon Basin in Brazil (R Juruá E to R Tapajós and NC Mato Grosso); also recorded N of Amazon (Jaú National Park, in NC Amazonas)#R.

Descriptive notes

35–36 cm. Very close to A. farinosa but with narrow white strip of bare skin bordering base of bill, and periorbital ring mid-grey; tail shorter with... read more


A variety of screeches and rolling barks with a nasal tonal quality, overall with less variation... read more


Tropical lowland forest, possibly associated with watercourses.

Food and feeding

Virtually no information. A bird recorded feeding on the bark of a Macrolobium tree.


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Very recently discovered, and still known only from three wild-caught museum skins and a few captive... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2019). White-faced Amazon (Amazona kawalli). 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 23 October 2019).