Types of Amazon Parrots

All species of Amazon parrots belong to the genus Amazona, distinguishable from other parrots thanks to their fat tails. These birds originated from the neotropics, specifically the Caribbean, Mexico, and most of South America. However, several of these birds have been brought to countries outside their native nations, including Germany, Italy, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, and parts of the United States, including California and Miami.

Green is the predominant color of these birds, though parts of their body display contrasting colors, most notably the crown, face, and flight feathers on both the wings and the tail. Thanks to their bright coloration and the capability to mimic human speech, they have become popular as pets.

Types of Amazon Parrots

List of All Types of Amazon Parrots

  • Black-billed Amazon
  • Blue-cheeked Amazon
  • Blue-fronted Amazon
  • Cuban Amazon
  • Diademed Amazon
  • Festive Amazon
  • Hispaniolan Amazon
  • Imperial Amazon
  • Kawall’s Amazon
  • Lilac-crowned Amazon
  • Lilacine Amazon
  • Northern Mealy Amazon
  • Orange-winged Amazon
  • Panama Amazon
  • Puerto Rican Amazon
  • Red-browed Amazon
  • Red-crowned Amazon
  • Red-lored Amazon
  • Red-necked Amazon
  • Red-spectacled Amazon
  • Red-tailed Amazon
  • Saint Lucia Amazon
  • Saint Vincent Amazon
  • Scaly-naped Amazon
  • Southern Mealy Amazon
  • Tres Marías Amazon
  • Tucumán Amazon
  • Vinaceous-breasted Amazon
  • White-fronted Amazon
  • Yellow-billed Amazon
  • Yellow-crowned Amazon
  • Yellow-headed Amazon
  • Yellow-naped Amazon
  • Yellow-shouldered Amazon
  • Yucatan Amazon


1. How long does an Amazon parrot live?

On average, the lifespan of most Amazon parrot species ranges from 25 to 60 years.

2. Which Amazon parrot is the friendliest?

The Southern Mealy Amazon forms strong bonds with its caretakers and is generally docile.

3. Have any Amazon parrots become extinct?

The Martinique Amazon and the Guadeloupe Amazon are two species that have become “hypothetically extinct”. The reason was the need for more clarity over whether or not these birds were separate species in the first place.

4. Is the yellow-faced parrot an Amazon parrot?

Initially placed in the Amazona genus, the yellow-faced parrot was added to its own separate genus Alipiopsitta due to its greater similarity to the short-tailed parrot than the other Amazon parrots.

5. Which species of Amazon parrot is the most talkative?

Yellow-naped parrots are among the most intelligent Amazon parrots, capable of singing and producing clear sounds if appropriately trained.

6. What do Amazon parrots eat?

Their diet includes berries, buds, fruits, nectar, nuts, and seeds.

7. Which species of Amazon parrot is the rarest?

The Imperial Amazon is listed as “Critically Endangered” or “CR” by the IUCN, with only about 50 individuals left in the wild capable of reproduction.