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.
see images taken on the Tres Marias Islands of the Amazons in
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!
click here for photos of skins Tres Marias skin photos
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.