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Buy Imperial Amazon Parrot (Amazona imperialis), also known as the sisserou, is a species of amazon parrot found only on the Caribbean island of Dominica, specifically within the 90 km² (35 sq mi) of mountainous rainforest near the Morne Diablotins and the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The imperial amazon measures an average of 48 cm (19 in) in length. With males weighing an average of 900 g (32 oz) and females 650 g (23 oz), the species is large for its genus. Being of the family Psittacidae, the sisserou has zygodactyl feet and a thick, hooked bill with a muscular tongue. This bill is fashion in such a way that using its hinge mandibles and tongue, the sisserou can easily move food around in its mouth.
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Males and females have identical plumage. Adult plumage is very colorful and most darkly colored: the chest is a dark shade of purple, and the upper-parts and feathers are a dark shade of green, with black-edged feather tips. The eye-ring is dark brown, with the eye being a mix of orange and red. Juvenile appearance does not differ much, with a higher occurrence of green plumage and strictly brown eyes. The call of the sisserou resides in the higher frequencies, a loud and even “squeaky” mix between shriek, squawk, and trill. They are find in pairs or small flocks, sometimes with red-necked amazons. For 26–28 days, the female will incubate the eggs.
At a Glance
- Scientific Name: Amazona imperialis
- Population: 250-350 individuals
- IUCN Status: Endangered
- Trend: Increasing
- Habitat: Mountain forests on the island of Dominica