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Amazon parrots, as you would expect, are native to the New World. Indeed, Christopher Columbus himself apparently gave the name "Amazon" to the green, short winged parrots that he brought back to Europe after his first voyage here. There are 27 species of Amazon parrot, ranging from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are so abundant that tropical farmers will sadly shoot them as pests while others are on the brink of extinction. International trade in all parrot species has been banned to protect local populations but most parrot species are bred successfully in captivity and several types of Amazons are available from breeders and pet stores here in Canada. Prices generally range, depending on the species, from $800 to $1600, with a premium paid for the breeds that are considered to be better "talkers".

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