Avian Medicine List:
Basic Information Sheet for the Amazon Parrot
Amazon parrot-Amazona spp.
|Natural History||Amazon parrots originate from a large portion of the Amazon Basin in South America although species-specific ranges vary. Habitats range from savannah, palm grove, scrub forest to rainforest. Wild Amazon parrots are incredibly active, foraging and flying in flocks.
Amazon parrots are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) list. Appendix I species are threatened with extinction, and commercial trade is prohibited and importation/exportation for scientific research requires special permits.
|Species||There are 27 species and many subspecies in Genus Amazona. Some commonly owned species are listed above.|
|Normal Physiologic Values||
|Anatomy and Physiology||
Amazons may be restrained by holding the head between index and middle fingers. Support the body with palm of the hand as well as the thumb and little finger.
|Venipuncture||Use a 25-gauge needle and 1 to 3-mL syringe to draw blood from the right jugular vein. Collection of up to 1% of body weight is acceptable in healthy patients.|
|Important Medical Conditions||
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