Yellow-billed Parrot

There are two endemic species of Amazon parrots (i.e. parrots of the genus Amazona) in Jamaica. They are the Yellow-billed Parrot (Amazona collaria), shown above, and the Black-billed Parrot (Amazona agilis), pictured below.

Black-billed Parrot

Both species are found largely in the central regions of Jamaica, from Cockpit Country to Mount Diablo, and in the John Crow mountains. The Yellow-billed Parrot is also found in the Blue Mountains. Both species have been classed as vulnerable (facing a high risk of extinction in the wild) and population trends indicate a slow decline. Both birds are protected species under Jamaican law, and poaching/trading is illegal.

More about the Yellow-billed Parrot, from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), from BirdLife International, and photos at Arkive.

More about the Black-billed Parrot, from the IUCN, BirdLife, and Arkive.

This post is part of a series to celebrate the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival.

[Photos: Wayne Sutherland; Brennan Mulrooney]

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