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Yellow-faced Amazon

Alipiopsitta xanthops

Biological Information

This semi-nomadic species has a number of amazing characteristics about which not much is known. Some birds have yellow/orange on the chest, which seems more common in older birds, but not every adult has it. Also, adults have reddish swollen ceres above their beak and feather loss around the nares (a bird's nostrils), but not all adults. These birds also nest in termite mounds on the ground. 

Conservation Status

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Redlist.

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Regional Tidbit

This species largely occurs in a habitat known as the Cerrado, which is a  vast ecoregion consisting of tropical savanna located in eastern Brazil. The Cerrado also includes savanna wetlands and gallery forests and is the second largest type of habitat in Brazil after the Amazonian rainforest.  The Cerrado has been deemed the biologically richest savanna in the world, although it is heavily threatened in Paraguay by intensive agriculture.

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