The Mealy Amazons Parrot is endemic to Mexico, from southern Veracruz and Oaxaca along Caribbean slopes south to Honduras.
Its habit consists of rain forest, montane forest to 1,500 m (5,000 ft); partially cleared areas with scattered trees and mangroves; prefering forest edges. The Mealy Parrot is social and can be found in pairs or in large flocks. They are even known to interact with other parrots, such as macaws
They are usually quiet but can be loud at dusk and dawn.
They are generally common, although not as numerous as other Amazon species.
Known as the gentle giant, Mealy Amazon Parrots have a loving and easy-going personality among all other Amazon Parrots. They can form a lifetime pairing with a mate that can last a lifetime. Because of this natural instinct, they are very affectionate and have a strong bond with their owners when kept as pets.
These parrots love human interaction. They are cuddly and will perch on your shoulders, waiting to be picked up or scratched.
Therefore, you’ll find them looking for a family member to play with. This behavior often leads to bonding with one favorite person, and the friendship can last a lifetime.
To remain healthy, these birds need social interaction. If they feel abandoned, they start exhibiting destructive behaviors and depression, such as biting and feather plucking. Therefore, it’s essential to give your pet bird attention from when they are young.
All amazon birds are aggressive birds; however, Mealy Amazons are considered non-aggressive. They don’t bite or nip; hence, they can get along well with other birds.
Despite this, these birds might go through a bluffing stage as adolescents. This period can last two years, where the bird shows aggressive behaviors such as excessive chewing on items such as toys and electric wires in your home.
Breeding of Mealy Amazons
Ideally they should be provided with a large outside flight of 12 x 4.5 x 6 ft (4 x 1.5 x 2 m) dimensions with adjoining shelter (4.5 x 3 x 6 ft – 1.5 x 1 x 2 m). As they are heavy chewers, metal construction is recommended. They should not be exposed to temperatures below .41°F (5°C)
When Mealy Amazons reach sexual maturity they usually form monogamous relationships with a single partner. Courtship usually begins in early spring, starting in December through June in Australia and commencing in April in the United States. These parrots are known to be aggressive and noisy during breeding. During this period some males may be surprisingly nervous of their caretaker . The young fledge when they are about 60 to 65 days old It is recommended to NOT separate the young from the adults before they are 20 weeks.
At three-day intervals, the hen will usually lay 2 to 3 eggs, occasionally 4. She incubates them for 24 to 25 days, occasionally up to 28 days. The male will regurgitate the food for the female to eat. The young usually leave the nest at around eight weeks of age.