> The Puerto Rican Amazon is the only bird endemic to the archipelago of
> Puerto Rico belonging to the Neotropical genus Amazona. Measuring
> 28–30 cm (11–12 in), the Puerto Rican Amazon is a predominantly green
> parrot with a red forehead and white rings around the eyes. Two
> subspecies have been described, although there are doubts regarding the
> distinctiveness of the form gracilipes from Culebra Island, extinct
> since 1912. The Puerto Rican Amazon reaches sexual maturity between
> three and four years of age. It reproduces once a year and is a cavity
> nester. Once the female lays eggs she will remain in the nest and
> continuously incubate them until hatching. The chicks are fed by both
> parents and will fledge 60 to 65 days after hatching. This parrot's
> diet is varied and consists of flowers, fruits, leaves, bark and nectar
> obtained from the forest canopy. The species is the only remaining
> native parrot in Puerto Rico and has been listed as critically
> endangered by the World Conservation Union since 1994. Once widespread
> and abundant, the population declined drastically in the 19th and early
> 20th centuries with the removal of most of its native habitat; the
> species completely vanished from Vieques and Mona Island, nearby to the
> main island of Puerto Rico. Conservation efforts commenced in 1968 to
> save the bird from extinction. In 2006, the total estimated population
> was 34 to 40 individuals in the wild and 143 individuals in captivity.
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