Amazona ventralis

by Sally Blanchard

» Considered to be Vulnerable in their native forested habitats on the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic).
» Small to medium somewhat stocky Amazon - 11" to 11 1/2"
» The have been introduced by ornithologists to Puerto Rico as a study group in regards to the severely endangered Puerto Rican Amazons.

Hispanionlan Amazons are quite uncommon as companions in the U.S; I think that I have only met a dozen or so. I have seen more of them in Canada than I have here. These handsome little Amazons come from the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). According to one breeder, Hispaniolans are outgoing with an attitude.

In the early 1990s, I lived with a wild-caught rescued Hispaniolan and found her to be very enjoyable if not somewhat vociferous. I had no idea how old she was. The man she had lived with died of AIDS and he left her to a woman who couldn't keep her so she came to live with me. I was at my avian veterinarians when a woman came in with the bird. I could tell from looking at the parrot that she had some health problems. The woman did not want to spend a lot of money on her so, knowing how uncommon these Amazons are, I offered to buy the bird. My major concern was that she would receive proper veterinary care. Captain did have a chronic bacterial infection so I had to medicate her for at least a month or so. I also immediately changed her diet and she began to consume her fresh veggies as if she had waited for them all of her life. Her personality changed a great deal as she regained her health. The healthier she got, the noisier she got but I was still happy that she was getting healthier every day. She approached everything like a little steamroller. She was quite determined about finishing whatever project she started whether it was playing or foraging. She loved to rip toys apart and needed a fresh supply of the kind of toys that were easily destructible. She became quite tame with me and was fairly sociable with other people who came to visit. She was a very cute little Amazon. 

She was a bit loud at times but no louder than many Amazons I have known. I enjoyed her company when I had her and I often wonder why these bright eyed little Amazons are rare as companions. I only had her for a couple of years and because of their rarity, I placed her in a breeding situation when a mate was found for her. I still regret doing this but it seemed to be the right thing to do at the time  ...?




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