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The Puerto Rican Amazon (Amazona vittata) is an Amazon species of Puerto Rico. It is one of the most endangered psittaciformes on earth.

Appearance Edit

The Puerto Rican Amazon is about 29 inches in length, and weighs roughly nine ounces. Plumage is mainly green, though the undersides of the wings are bright blue. The forehead is brick-red, and white ovals surround the eyes. This bird's beak is horn-colored to pink; the eyes are dark brown. Tail feathers and the underside of the body is yellow-toned.

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Conservation Edit

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Habitat destruction, the pet trade, hunting and introduced species have pushed this Amazon to the edge. In 1972, there were roughly 16 individuals - captive breeding was then put into action. There are now about 380, about 300 of which are in captivity; however, they are still listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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