The Blue Parrot Returns!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:32
City Parrots in Amazona barbadensis - Yellow-shouldered amazon, Oddities

The original blue Lora. Just like Batman, after ten years, Bonaire’s elusive blue parrot has returned! Saturday provided the first sighting of this rare blue lora, as parrots are called in Papiamentu.

The blue Lora returnes? Image by Rolando MarinTo provide some history, it was back in early 2003 when sightings of the first blue parrot were witnessed, mostly centered around the north Kralendijk/Hato area. Overnight, this rare bird became a media sensation, as all on Bonaire tried to catch a glimpse of it. Sightings were relatively frequent, and then suddenly stopped, leading to theories that possibly the bird was captured for private enjoyment. The blue parrot was never seen again.

The location of this mutation will remain secret to deter poachers. Image by Rolando Marin

However, it was an exciting discovery to see another blue parrot this past weekend! It is not known if this is the same individual (parrots can have a long life expectancy), or if a similar gene mutation occurred providing the same effect. Both blue parrots have blue bodies and white heads, while the normal yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot (Amazona barbadensis) has a green body with a yellow head.  This reporter theorizes that perhaps the gene providing the yellow coloration is missing, since, in color mixing, when yellow is removed from green, blue is the resulting color, and the lack of color on the head supports this hypothesis.

The location of this individual will remain secret, so that it may enjoy a long life on Bonaire, living in its natural habitat.

Article originally appeared on (
See website for complete article licensing information.