HOW TO SPOT AN OR­ANGE-WINGED AMA­ZON

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When look­ing for this species, re­mem­ber that these birds are named pri­mar­ily af­ter a dis­tinct yel­low-or­ange band on the bend of the wing and the specu­lum (the sec­ondary feath­ers of the wings). They also have some yel­lowor­ange mark­ings near their cheeks and the the crown of their heads. The rest of their body comes in shades of green, with some blue mark­ings near the throat and, again, the crown.

Their eyes are or­ange with a gray­ish-white ring, and their legs are usu­ally a pale shade of gray. Healthy spec­i­mens have horn-col­ored beaks, though they also be­come gray at the tip.

Ju­ve­niles are pre­dom­i­nantly green, with only a few of the or­ange- and blue-tinted feath­ers as­so­ci­ated with the adults. Max­i­mum size for the adults can be as much as 12 to 13 inches, and they reach ma­tu­rity in four to five years. Their life­spans are usu­ally 60 to 80 years.

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