Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

The Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis) is a species of Amazon parrot, native to tropical regions of the Americas, from eastern Mexico south to Ecuador, with a disjunct population in central Brazil, where it occurs in humid evergreen to semi-deciduous forests up to 1,100 m altitude. It is absent from the Pacific side of Central America north of Costa Rica.


For those wishing to see them in the wild, there are several options.  We saw a few at Crooked Tree Sanctuary in Belize, also a few at Tikal National Park, Laguna del Lagarto in Costa Rica and Soberania National Park in Panama.  You can use your miles for a Central America award to all of these countries.

Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

Red-lored Amazon or Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)


There are four subspecies:

  • Amazona autumnalis autumnalis (Linnaeus, 1758). Caribbean coasts from eastern Mexico south to northern Nicaragua.
  • Amazona autumnalis salvini (Salvadori, 1891). Northern Nicaragua south to Colombia and Venezuela.
  • Amazona autumnalis lilacina (Lesson, 1844), the Lilacine Amazon. Western Ecuador.
  • Amazona autumnalis diadema (Spix, 1824), the Diademed Amazon. Lower Rio Negro area, central Brazil.

In some areas, notably parts of Mexico and Venezuela, the Red-lored Amazon has become rare through trapping for the cagebird trade. On the other hand, it seems to be able to adapt to human-altered habitat to a considerable degree


World Parrot Trust



IUCN Redlist


They never pose like this for me!

  • harvson3

    For being named an Amazon Parrot, it sure doesn’t really live in the Amazon much.

    But internet research revealed that Amazon parrots is a broad, encompassing genus for birds found throughout the Americas.

    Any ideas how all green American parrots got the name Amazon? Linnaeus? (It’s always Linnaeus….

    • You’re right, there are actually only 7 members of the Amazona genus who actually live in the Amazon River area, the majority are more in Central America and the Caribbean. Any member of this genus is commonly referred to as an “Amazon” in the pet bird community but amongst birders it is more common to hear them called simply “parrots” or “papagayo” in Spanish. One website I found blames the misnomer on Christopher Columbus!

      Genus Amazona (Amazon parrots).

      Amazon parrots, as their name suggests, are from the New World, numbering some 27 species. They are largely green medium sized parrots, and are generally good mimics. Something that owners have discovered to their costs, especially when considering their longevity and that they can become an avian family heirloom, living around 80 years. They have been kept as pets since 1500 b.c. and it is believed Christopher Columbus may have given them their common name from the region where they were initially found. Twenty Amazon parrot species are C.I.T.E.S category 1 listed