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Tres Marias Amazons

For years I had heard about the famous Tres Marias Amazon and did not know if I had ever really seen one. I had seen 100s of Double Yellow Heads. Many people would tell me their birds were Tres Marias. After a few years of noticing these birds all looked different, I decided the only way to know would be to find someone who had actually seen them in the wild on the Islands. I had the good fortune to have met Walter Hanson in the early 80s. Walter is the only person I have ever meet that had actually gone in search of the Tres Marias and kept and bred them. The Tres Marias Islands are off the coast of Mexico and are used as a penitentiary. Therefore, not many people are willing to go there! At the time when Mr. Hanson went, access to the island was only by a supply ship that arrived once a week, and if you went, you had to stay until the next boat arrived. Mr. Hansen did this and took photos. One of which is a young Tres Marias seen here on the Island. (see photo next to domestic chick on this page). Mr. Hansen also wrote an article for CAGE BIRD MAGAZINE (now out of business), telling about his trip and showing his own personal collection of Tres Marias. Years later, I was able to acquire these birds for my foundation stock.

Below, see images taken on the Tres Marias Islands of the Amazons in the wild.



one of our breeding pairs of Tres MariasAmazons

The Los Angles County Museum has several Tres Marias skins actually taken on the Island in 1957 . These skins vary in size greatly, but all had the same markings. Basically yellowish-white heads and lack of barring on the breast, with varying degrees of blue cast to breast feathers. The feet and cere darkened over time due to the age of the skins (see photos). Only look at these photos if skins do not bother you!
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Tres Marias skin photos at Museum

Domestic Tres Marias make great talkers and can acquire large amounts of yellow on their heads in just a few years. Care and feeding is like any other Amazon. Cages should be as large as possible. Macaw type cages would be best.

photos of our baby Tres Marias and
Magna Double Yellow-Headed Amazons

Photos are by Steve Garvin unless otherwise noted.
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