Lilac-Crowned Amazon


The lilac-crowned Amazon has all the typical spunk of a large Amazon, but with a slightly quieter voice and endless devotion to its favorite person. Lilac crowns are smaller than other Amazons, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in personality. Lilac-crowned Amazons also tend to be less vocal than other Amazons. Male lilac crowns tend to be more gregarious and are known for being macho, flaring their tail and pinning their eyes as they strut the notorious Amazon strut. Females can be clingy, girly and demonstrate nesting instincts, according to Diana Holloway, former president of the Amazona Society.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Lilac-crowned Amazons love to eat, so owners must watch the portions fed. Most Amazons also have the tendency for obesity. Vary their diets with fruits, vegetables and pellets. They are also susceptible to vitamin-A and calcium deficiencies and upper respiratory infections. Larger cages are optimal for lilac-crowned Amazons, so they have room to move and climb around, play with toys and exercise. Holloway recommends parrot owners have a separate bird room for their lilac-crowned Amazons to be housed when company is around and to give the pet bird a private area to get proper rest.

Expert Advice

“Calmer than the DYH and BF, quieter and milder personality, talking ability less and so is noise.”

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Large, 13 inches
Life Expectancy:
50 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: