Red Crowned Parrot
A Red-Crowned Parrot is a fun bird to see while bird watching. Below are some tips to help you identify Red-Crowned Parrots. We have also put together a list of fun Red-Crowned Parrot t-shirts, Red-Crowned Parrot bird patches, birdhouses, bird feeders, binoculars, stickers, and other fun bird-watching items.
About Red Crowned Parrots
They are named after their appearance, sporting a red patch on top of their heads making it look like a crown. The red-crowned Amazon is also known as “red-crowned parrot”, “green-cheeked parrot” or “Mexican red-headed parrot”. It is native to northeast Mexico.
Description and Identificaton
As their name suggests Red-Crowned Parrots are easily identifiable by the bright red
coloration on their crowns and foreheads. They are medium-sized parrots sporting
mostly green plumage akin to various other species of parrots. They model dark green
upperparts along with lighter green coloration on their underparts. Red-Crowned
Parrots boast blue-violet coloration on the sides of their necks along with bright red
coloration on their head. The bill is coated with pink-yellow colorations. Red-Crowned
Parrots have red and blue-violet coloration on their first five outer secondaries along
with black primaries tipped dark blue. Several Red-Crowned Parrots have red and blue
coloration on the parts under their wings. They also have white rings around their eyes,
bringing out the yellow-red color of their irises. Adults measure between 11-13 inches in
length and weigh 9.5 oz. on average.
Red Crowned Parrot Size
The males and the females are averagely the same sizes. They are approximately 11 to 13 inches long, 270 grams heavy, and have a wingspan of 15 to 16 inches.
Red Crowned Parrot Color Pattern
They are mostly green with few colored highlights. Both the males and the females have a red forehead that looks like a crown and a blue stripe behind their eyes. This stems from a white ring that surrounds their eyes and brings out their eye-color, which is either yellow or red. The crowned amazons have blue and red feathers underneath their wings and yellow-tipped tails.
Juveniles have dull colors and their eyes are gray until they reach maturity.
Red Crowned Parrot Behavior
The crowned amazons live in large groups that move together as they migrate in search of food. Their moods can easily be gauged by the appearance of their eyes. They dilate and constrict easily and can be easily seen thanks to their bright iris.
In the wild, one male and one female can be mated for life. The pair constructs a nest next to other members of their colony and returns to the same cavity each year for breeding. Both the adults actively participate in raising the juveniles.
What Red Crowned Parrot Eat
Due to the various different regions and localities, they inhabit, the diets of Red
Crowned Parrots are fairly adaptable. Primarily they are vegetarians and feed on
berries, grains, flowers, nectar, nuts, and fruits; but can also feed on other food such as vegetables, leaves, etc. depending on the availability. Several Red-Crowned Parrots
living with humans as pets have also adapted their diets to feed on little snacks found
around at home in addition to their diet of seeds and grains.
They feed on fruits, seeds, nectar, and flowers that they acquire either in the wild or when brought to them by their owners.
Where Red Crowned Parrots Live
Red-Crowned Parrots are versatile and have various habitats depending on the locality
they inhabit. In areas native to them they inhabit rugged slopes, forests, trees on the
countrysides, as well as agricultural and open fields. The stray population in urban and
suburban areas tend to inhabit older areas and common as well as exotic trees.
The birds are migratory and live in Mexico and its environs. They can survive a small range of climates that are not too harsh.
The birds also live in captivity as pets and are easily tamable.
Range and Migration
Red-Crowned Parrots are more commonly called Red Crowned Amazons and Mexican
Red Headed Parrots. They are native to Northeastern Mexico and parts of southern
Texas. They have been introduced to parts of Florida and California as well in the
The United States. These are sedentary birds and are found in their locales all year round.
They are popular pets, being sold and transported all over the United States, causing stray
and feral populations to grow in urban areas. Escaped pets form a large population of
stray of this species. Red-Crowned Parrots are a part of the endangered species on the
IUCN Red List. The major cause for this is the capturing of these birds from the native
habitats to be sold as pets. This is causing populations of these birds to decline
Red Crowned Parrot Nesting
Red-Crowned Parrots begin nesting from the ages of five and upward. They build their
nests inside cavities in trees. The female lays between 2-5 eggs and incubates alone.
The incubation period lasts for an average of 28-30 days during which the male forages
for food and brings it to the female. Red-Crowned Parrots are monogamous and
therefore mate for life. Males and females tend to come back to the same tree cavity
every nesting season to reproduce but will change their location if they were unable to
conceive in their usual spot.
Bird Watching Academy & Camp Subscription Boxes
At Bird Watching Academy & Camp we help kids, youth, and adults get excited and involved in bird watching. We have several monthly subscription boxes that you can subscribe to. Our monthly subscription boxes help kids, youth, and adults learn about birds, bird watching, and bird conservation.
Bird Watching Binoculars for Identifying Red Crowned Parrots
The most common types of bird-watching binoculars for viewing Red-Crowned Parrots are 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. Bird Watching Academy & Camp sells really nice 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. You can view and purchase them here.
Red Crowned Parrot T-shirts
If you love the Red Crowned Parrot you should purchase a Bird Watching Academy & Camp T-shirt. To help support bird conservation we donate 10 percent to bird conservation activities.
Red Crowned Parrot Iron On Patches
Kids, Youth, and Adults love to collect our Bird Watching Academy & Camp iron-on patches. Our bird-watching patches help you keep track of the birds you have seen and identified. You can also display the patches on our Bird Watching Academy & Camp banners.
The Red-Crowned Parrot is a great iron-on patch to start your collection with. The patches are durable and can be sewn on or ironed on to just about anything.
Red Crowned Parrot Stickers
Stickers are a great way for you to display your love for bird watching and the Red Crowned Parrot.We sell a monthly subscription sticker pack. The sticker packs have 12 bird stickers. These sticker packs will help your kids learn new birds every month.
Bird Feeders For Red Crowned Parrot
There are many types of bird feeders. Here are our favorite bird feeders for your backyard. We use all of these bird feeders currently. Kids will have a great time watching birds eat at these bird feeders. Using this collection of bird feeders will provide a wide variety and many types of birds.
Best Bird Houses for Red Crowned Parrot
There are many types of birdhouses. Building a birdhouse is always fun but can be frustrating. These 4 birdhouses have become our favorites. Getting a birdhouse for kids to watch birds grow is always fun. We spent a little extra money on these birdhouses but they have been worth the higher price and look great.