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Lilac Crowned

The Lilac-crowned Amazon, Amazona finschi, is a parrot endemic to the Pacific slopes of Mexico. Also known as Finsch’s Amazon, the parrot is characterized by green plumage, a maroon forehead, and violet-blue crown. Their coloring resembles that of the Red-crowned Amazon Amazona viridigenalis, though the Lilac-crowned Amazon is less vibrant. In 2006 BirdLife International classified this species as Vulnerable. The binomial of this bird commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Otto Finsch.


Lilac-crowned Amazon is medium sized mainly green parrot. It has a maroon forehead, a violet-blue crown, and a bone colored beak. They resemble the Red-crowned Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis) though the Lilac-crowned Amazon is less vibrant.

Feral populations

There are feral populations of this bird in several counties in southern California. It has been observed in residential and suburban areas, but also in native coniferous forest in the San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA.


Hand reared Lilac-crowned Amazons can be quite friendly in captivity and can learn quite a vocabulary, even though they are not known as talkers. They make good companion parrots. Source

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