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Click here for the present status of the Bahama Amazon

 

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Bahama Amazon 1

    A Bahama Amazon (Victoria) in her nest in the

    ground hole. The Bahama Amazon is the only

    parrot in the New World (Western Hemisphere)

    that nests in ground holes. The Bahama Amazon

    nests in naturally occurring limestone sinkholes

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 2

 

    A Bahama Amazon nest in the ground.

    All nests in are limestone solution sink holes.

          

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 3

 

    A male Bahama Amazon surveying his territory.

    The Bahama Amazon breeds and lives on Abaco

    in pine forests

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 4

 

   

            A male Bahama Amazon surveying his territory.

               The Bahamian Amazon breeds and lives in Bahama

               Pines (Pinus caribaea vs bahamensis) forests

 

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 5

 

   

    A male Bahama Amazon closeup

 

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 6

 

    A male Bahama Amazon busy preening in a

    Bahamian pine (Pinus caribaea vs bahamensis)

 

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 7

 

    A  Bahama Amazon in the Coppice understory

    of the Bahamian pine (Pinus caribaea vs bahamensis)

    forest. The Habitat of the Bahama Amazon

 

 

 

Bahama Amazon 8

 

    A  pair of Bahama Amazons in a Bahama pine   

    (Pinus caribaea vs bahamensis).

    Note the pine sap on the head and beaks of the

    parrots

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 9

 

    A  pair of Bahama Amazons in a Bahama pine

    (Pinus caribaea vs bahamensis).

    Note the pine sap on the head and beaks

    of the parrots

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 10

 

    A  Bahama Amazon in flight over the

    coppice understory

   

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 11

 

    A  Bahama Amazon eating poisonwood berries

    (Metopium toxiferum). The poisonwood bush

    causes a serve rash to humans, similar to poison ivy

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 12

 

    Three very young Bahama parrot chicks in a

    ground hollow nest

 

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 13

 

    Three Bahama parrot chicks in a ground

    hollow nest

 

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 14

 

   The Bahama Amazon 2004 research crew,

    headed by Caroline Stahala (on right)

    (Left to right: Chris, Alice, Victor, and Caroline)

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 15

    A Forest fire rages over the nest holes and chicks

    of the Bahama Parrot. In July 2004 the fire

    destroyed the coppice undergrowth of 16 nests...

    ....only one nest was abandoned by the parents

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 16

    Caroline Stahala checks the first nest after the fire.

    Incredibly the chicks survived and later fledged.

    In July 2004 the fire destroyed the coppice

    undergrowth of 16 nests....only one nest was

    abandoned

 

Bahama  Amazon 17

 

   

    A happy Bahama Amazon stretches its wings

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 18

 

 

    A Bahama Amazon poses in the sun

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 19

 

   

    A Bahama Amazon stretches its wings in the morning

    light in a Jumbey Tree (Leucaeuna glauca)

 

 

 

Bahama  Amazon 20

 

 

    A Bahama Amazon flock in the early morning light

 

 

 

 

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