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The humble Lilac-crowned Amazon is a very pretty smaller type Amazon that is about the same size as the White-fronted Amazon.

Both types of Amazon can be found in the Western to South Western parts of Mexico.

The Lilac-crowned Amazon latin name is: Amazona Finschi, it received its name from professor Dr. Freidrich Hermann Otto Finsch.

Better known as Dr. Otto Finsch who was an eminent ethonologist, a respected ornithologist and writer of particularly well known books like " The Parrots" (Die Papageien) in 1867 - 1868.

These birds originate from dry shrubby semi-desert areas (similar to the hinter land in South Australia with more shrubby bush and cacti) and increased in population with the introduction of corn farming.

This species would be in large numbers now if the birds hadn't been trapped and killed to protect corn crops and as always the lucrative smuggler's market in the early days.

Still this bird is adapting and surviving and is thus far not on the endangered list and hopefully numbers will never get that low.

These birds lived in small flocks and separated during the breeding season to individual pairs.

In Australia these birds breed around the October months, it depends on yearly rainfall whether they will go earlier or later.

They can lay a second clutch if the first one is taken for incubation, clutches consist of 2 to 3 eggs and the birds do not get as agressive as the bigger type of Amazons like the Yellow-naped or Double Yellow-headed Amazons during the breeding season.

Their diet is pretty well the same as most Amazons but they love fruit and berries as well, pomegranate fruit and seed in particular.

In the wild they would eat seed and flowers from the cactus plants, bushes and flowering trees.

They will look for food in small flocks but at night congregate in big trees in larger flock numbers.

In captivity these birds are good breeders and incubation and handrearing has been almost the same as the more commonly kept Amazon species.

Incubation period is around 24 days..

The chicks at an age past 14 days are fairly competitive for the food offered, they do however respond quite well to handrearing.

These birds have their own distinctive sound but can be taught to speak a fair repertoire of words and make friendly pets.

Numbers are still low in 2015 but this species is getting enough attention by breeders to have a long future and will be available to the pet market most likely within a 5 year period.

These birds have been favourite pets overseas for many years and now there will be a chance for them to be in this country as well.

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