Southern Mealy Amazon Amazona farinosa
(aka Mealy Parrot)

Brazilian name: papagaio-moleiro
Mealy  Parrot, Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, March 2003 - click for larger image Brazil

The Southern Mealy Amazon is distributed from Panama through Colombia and northern Venezuela, in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and in south-east Brazil. It is found mainly in humid forest particularly on terra firme.

Mealy  Parrot, Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, March 2003 - click for larger image Its name derives from the powdery bloom on its generally green plumage. The bill is darker above and lighter below and it has a very large white ring round the eye. It sometimes has a small yellow patch on the crown but this is not always present as in these cases. It also has a distinctive two-tone tail with a green base contrasting with the pale greenish-yellow of the outer (distal) half. A red speculum can usually be seen.
Mealy  Parrot, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image

It feeds on fruit, seeds and flowers.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.

Mealy  Parrot, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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