White-Fronted Amazon


The white-fronted Amazon is a high-energy, curious and affectionate bird. These pet birds are a smaller than most Amazons, but their energetic personalities are giving them rise in popularity among pet bird owners. White-fronted Amazons should be housed in a large cage with plenty out of cage time to work off their energy, according to Diana Holloway, former president of The Amazona Society.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Although smaller than other Amazons, the white-fronted Amazon is still quite active and needs a large cage to match its personality. Amazons tend to become overeat and become obese, so watch the portions and provide a balanced, low-fat diet of pellets, fruits and vegetable along with plenty of exercise. They are also susceptible to vitamin-A, calcium deficiencies and psittacosis. Provide a separate room for your white-fronted Amazon to get some quiet time and to provide an area where the bird can get proper rest. Male and female white-fronted Amazons often vary in their personality and behavior traits according to Holloway. Males tend to be more gregarious, flare their feathers and pin their eyes as well as walk the signature Amazon strut. Females are typically more clingy and girlie, exuding nesting behaviors by hiding in the sofa cushions or kitchen cabinets. The white-fronted Amazon is sometimes referred to as a spectacled Amazon, but it is not to be confused with the red-spectacled Amazon (Amazona pretrei), which is highly endangered in its native South America and not seen in the U.S. pet trade.

Expert Advice

“While enunciation is not as pronounced, they have the ability to talk quite well. The males have a distinct ‘Waca, Waca’ call. A small package with a big personality.”

Diana Holloway, former president of The Amazona Society (amazonasociety.org) and former bird breeder

“Cute little guys, often quieter, sweeter personalities.”

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Mexico, Central America
Medium, up to 10 inches
Life Expectancy:
50 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate; males have a unique call