The Amboina King parrot is also known by several other names including the Moluccan King parrot, Ambon King parrot, Amboyna King parrot and to a lesser extent the Amboina Green Winged parrot. Originally found in the islands of Moluccas and New Guinea surrounding Indonesia the habitat of the Amboina King parrot is tropical and sub tropical, meaning that it is most comfortable in warm and moist conditions usually associated with thickly forested areas although they may be found in nearby plantations and farmlands as well.
Amboina King parrots are considered to be one of the most attractive species of parrots due to their bright and striking color combinations of their plumage. They are red in color with vibrant green wings and bright blue areas on their backs, tail and wing tips. The underside of their body is black or dark grey with pink markings and the top of their tail is mainly black with blue dashes. In terms of size the Amboina King is considered a mid-sized parrot and can grow up to between 13-15 inches. They have an average life expectancy of between 20-30 years so should not be considered as a pet lightly as they will be with their family for quite a long time. Unlike some other species of parrot the males and females look identical, so much so that you would have to conduct a DNA test to prove the birds sex and this should be provided by any reputable breeder at the time of your initial questions into whether this could be the right parrot for you and your family.
Amboina’s have a more amiable personality than many other species of parrot which can be a major plus point for many people considering adopting a parrot. Not only are they generally quieter than a lot of parrots but they are typically less destructive as well so their cages and toys will last longer, however the flipside of this is that it may take a little longer to form a bond of trust that is so rewarding. Although they are one of the quieter parrots, many of them learn to mimic sounds in their environment and they can go on and learn to talk as well although as with any species of parrot this is down to the individual bird and cannot be predicted. They don’t like intense physical contact but they do need interaction whether it is with other birds or if that isn’t possible then their human family as they are very social in nature. The best way to meet the social and attention requirements of an Amboina is a combination of toys for the bird to play with in their cage as well as one to one interaction which more than likely will be with their human family.
In their natural habitat the Amboina’s diet would consist of hard fruits, berries, buds and acorns from the surrounding trees. A pet Amboina should be fed on a mixture of fresh produce (both fruit and vegetables), pellets, seed and grain and they should only be fed twice a day.
In conclusion the Amboina King parrot makes a fantastic pet that will reward you with years of companionship and quality interaction rarely found in other pets and although they are also a little less maintenance than other types of parrot they still need lots of love care and attention in return for their engaging behavior and rewarding companionship.