HISPANIOLAN AMAZONAmazona 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 ...?