Amazons are among the most popularly-kept and parrots, yet among their ranks we find some very rare and little-studied species. Interestingly, the largest and most spectacularly colored of the Amazons is hardly known at all to parrot enthusiasts. I think it’s important to highlight the rare members of well-known bird groups, as anything we learn concerning the habits and needs of common species may be of use in helping their less-fortunate relatives. Today I’d like to introduce the Sisserou, also known as the Imperial or Dominican Amazon (Amazona imperialis).
Clad in bright blue, green, purple and red, the Sisserou is considered by many to be the most spectacularly-colored of the Amazon Parrots. The effect of its gorgeous plumage is heightened by the bird’s size – at 18 inches in length and with a wingspan approaching 3 feet, it is the largest Amazon. Read More »