Imperial Amazon Amazona imperialis

Family: Psittacidae (Parrots)

Authority: Richmond, 1899

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i,ii); D

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Justification of Red List category
Once abundant within its small range, this species has been undergoing dramatic declines since the late 19th century due to the combined effects of habitat loss and trapping. As a consequence of the establishment of conservation measures in the 1990s, the species increased slowly from fewer than 50 to over 200 mature individuals. After Hurricane Maria hit Dominica in September 2017, the population plummeted again, likely to an all-time low. The frequency of intense hurricanes is projected to increase, with potentially severe consequences for the species. Imperial Amazon has therefore been uplisted to Critically Endangered.

Population size: 1-49

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 240 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Amazona imperialis. Downloaded from on 04/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 04/12/2021.