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Depending on classification, there are approximately 27 species of Amazon parrots (some with subspecies). Their native habitat ranges from South America to Northern Mexico. Nine species of Amazons are from islands in the Caribbean. Deforestation of their natural habitat and capture for the pet trade has greatly reduced the numbers of these once common species. Most free-ranging species are considered threatened or endangered and efforts to protect these birds have resulted in a ban on importation for pet purposes in the United States and Europe. High quality companion birds are available from breeders. Amazons have extroverted personalities and entertaining antics, but these birds don't always enjoy being touched or "cuddled.'' Some may be considered hyperactive or short-tempered. They generally are not good pets around children.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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