Yellow-shouldered Amazon Amazona barbadensis

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Large green parrot of desert Caribbean areas, including mainland. All green with yellow face, yellow shoulder patch, and orange wing patch. Sexes similar. A threatened species, uncommon in areas where it’s trapped for the pet trade but locally common in safer areas. Usually in pairs or groups, often large flocks at roosts. Always in desert scrub areas searching for cactus and other fruits, seeds, and nectar-rich flowers. Voice a harsh scream similar to other Amazona parrots but somewhat higher pitched. Similar to Orange-winged Parrot, which lacks yellow shoulders and has a blue area above eyes.

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