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Courtship and Reproductive Behaviour of Captive White-Fronted Amazon Parrots Amazona albifrons

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Courtship and reproductive behaviour is a captive flock of White-fronted Amazon Parrots was studied. Heterosexual pair-bonds are maintained year-round by allopreening and allofeeding. Allopreening includes solicitation and bill nibbling. Feeding of the female by the male is probably the most important pair-bond behaviour, since the only paired birds that copulated and breed exhibited allofeeding. Copulation is initiated and solicited by the female and is closely associated with allopreening and allofeeding. Although both sexes defend the nest box from conspecifics during incubation, only the female incubates the eggs. During incubation, the two mates exhibit the Aggressive Walk, an interspecific threat display. After an incubation period of 28 days, both parents regurgitate food to the young and continue to feed the young past the fledgling period (at 66 days) until 150 days. Some displays of Amazona and other parrot genera are compared.
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Keywords: ALLOFEEDING; ALLOPREENING; COPULATION; PAIR-BONDING; WHITE-FRONTED AMAZON

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1984

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