Mealy Parrot  

(Amazona farinosa)



The Mealy Amazon has a total length of about 38–41  cm (15–16  in)[2][3]  and weighs 540-700 g (19.01-24.64  oz). Captives commonly are heavier. It is among the largest  parrots  in the  Americas, mainly being surpassed by the large  macaws. It has a relatively short and squarish tail, as do the other members of the  Amazona  genus.

The Mealy Amazon is mainly green. The back and nape often have a whitish tinge; almost as if it had been covered in a thin layer of  flour  (“meal”; hence its name). The distal half of the tail is paler and more yellow than the basal half, thus resulting in a distinctly bi-coloured look. In flight it shows a bluish-black trailing edge to the wing and a conspicuous red  speculum. Occasionally a few yellow feathers are apparent on the top of the head and two  subspecies,  virenticeps  and  guatemalae, have a bluish-tinged crown. The maroon to orange eyes (typically appear dark from a distance) are surrounded by a relatively broad white eye-ring of bare skin.

In South America, it is commonly confused with the  Yellow-crowned Amazon, but can be recognized by its larger size, less yellow to the crown (not entirely reliable, as some Yellow-crowned may show almost none), the whitish tinge to its  plumage, broader white eye-ring, and red of the leading edge of the wing placed near the  phalanx  (not near the  radiale), but this is often difficult to see (especially on perched birds). Their voices are also strikingly different.


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