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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazona viridigenalis
POPULATION: 1,500-2,500 (wild)
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
HABITAT: Lowland forests of northeastern Mexico; introduced in several U.S. states.
This stocky parrot is also known as Green-cheeked or Red-crowned Amazon, or in Spanish vernacular, Loro Tamaulipeco or Loro Cabeza Roja. Red-crowned Parrot can be told from other local parrots by its red forehead, pale bill, and black-tipped nape and back feathering.
Like Thick-billed Parrot, Red-crowned Parrots are threatened by habitat loss and illegal trapping for the pet trade. Steep declines within the species’ limited range have led to its designation as endangered on the IUCN Red List. It’s also a candidate for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).