Northern Mealy Parrot
Amazona guatemalae

Northern Mealy Parrot




38 cm.. length and 705-766 g. of weight.

The Northern Mealy Parrot (Amazona guatemalae) is a large parrot, mainly green, with a large bare periophthalmic white; head green, increasingly off toward the area nape.

The youth similar to adults but eyes brown.


Subspecific treated for decades manner within the species Amazona farinosa. Based on a genetic study of the year 2012 They came to be regarded as a full species.

Subspecies description:

  • Amazona guatemalae guatemalae

    (Sclater,PL, 1860) – Mostly green, with the crown, forecrown and lores, blue; carpal edge Green Wing / yellow; Feathers edges wing , blue; Red in the secondary feathers; feathers of the tail dark green to light green at the tip. Bill dark grey. Eye ring white, irises red.

  • Amazona guatemalae virenticeps

    (Salvadori, 1891) – Mostly green with less blue on the crown that the subspecies Amazona guatemalae guatemalae; yellower shades / green; carpal edge green / yellow, with varying shades of red; crown green; lores and forecrown, green tinted blue. Bill black / horn. Eye ring white, irises red.


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Parrots in the world

Species of the genus Amazona

They inhabit in dense humid lowland forests, especially near the gaps and edges; also they extend lower montane forest plantations and frequent, crops, gallery forests and deciduous forests.

They are in pairs or groups up 20 individuals, with larger congregations in feeding areas. Form noisy flocks in communal roosts on top of large trees outside breeding season, sometimes with several hundred birds. Well camouflaged while feeding quietly on the upper floors of the forest canopy.


Season April-May Guatemala. Nests in tree holes, - 3-30 height m, once observed in the crack of a stone wall in a Mayan temple. The laying usually three eggs.


No known differences with Amazona farinosa.


Size of its range (Standard playback): 919.000 km2

It is present along the slope of Caribbean of Central America, from Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico, to the South by Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, to western Panama. They are also found in the shed Pacific of Costa Rica and West Panama. Their abundance varies locally, but it is common in many areas.

Distribution of subspecies:

  • Amazona guatemalae guatemalae

    (Sclater,PL, 1860) – Caribbean coast from southeast Mexico to the Northwest of Honduras.

  • Amazona guatemalae virenticeps

    (Salvadori, 1891) – From Honduras (Sula Valley) to western Panama.


Conservation status ⓘ

Status Near Threatened (UICN)ⓘ

• Current red list category of the UICN: Near-threatened.

• Population trend: In decrease.

Justification of the red list category

He suspected this species is undergoing a rapid decrease in moderately population due to habitat loss and unsustainable levels of hunting and trapping.

Population size: Unknown

The population trend: In decline.

The Amazona mealy northern captive:

Little known in poultry.

Alternative names:

Mealy Parrot [guatemalae or virenticeps], Northern Mealy Amazon, Northern Mealy Parrot (English).
Amazone guatémaltèque, Amazone poudrée [guatemalae or virenticeps], Amazone poudrée [guatemalae ou virenticeps] (French).
Guatemalaamazone (German).
Northern Mealy Parrot (Portuguese).
Amazona harinosa norteña (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Philip Sclater
Philip Sclater

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Amazona
Scientific name: Amazona guatemalae
Citation: (Sclater, PL, 1860)
Protonimo: Chrysotis guatemalae

Images Northern Mealy Parrot:


Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Amazona farinosa guatemalae By Adalberto Hernandez Vega from Copan Ruinas, Honduras (Macaw Mountain Bird Park – Copan Ruinas, Honduras) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Guatemalaamazone Amazona farinosa guatemalae By Martingloor (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Amazona farinosa guatemalae by Ulises MuñizFlickr
(4) – Amazona farinosa guatemalae By Katrin Lorenzen (IMG_4685) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) –
Amazona farinosa guatemalae By Adalberto Hernandez Vega from Copan Ruinas, Honduras (Macaw Mountain Bird Park – Copan Ruinas, Honduras) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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