Yellow-headed Amazon

This species is part of the Amazona ochrocephala complex, which also includes the Yellow-naped Amazon . This complex, a taxonomic headache,

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The Yellow-headed Amazon is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Yellow-headed Parrot and Double Yellow-headed Amazon, is an endangered amazon parrot of Mexico and northern Central America. Measuring 38–43 centimetres (15–17 in) in length, it is a stocky short-tailed green parrot with a yellow head. It prefers to live in mangrove forests or forests near rivers or other bodies of water. It is often considered a subspecies of the Yellow-crowned Amazon. It is a popular pet and an excellent talker. More

The yellow-headed Amazon parrot ranges from the coastal regions of Mexico southward into Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. Preferred habitats include tropical and subtropical forests, mangrove swamps, savannah, and cultivated land where trees are available for nesting. More

Yellow-Headed Amazon is the same subspecies as the regular Double Yellow-Headed but is slightly larger and has more yellow on the head at a younger age. This type also develops more extensive yellow and red coloring as an adult and is extremely beautiful! The personality traits are the same in both types. Here are photos of breeding pairs of Magna Double Yellow-Headed Amazons from our ranch. More

Description: The Double Yellow-headed Amazon is generally green with paler, more yellowish on the under parts. The entire head and throat are yellow and the bend of the wing is red with some yellow mixed in. The carpal edge and thighs are yellow. The ring around the eye is unfeathered and white. The iris of the eye is orange and the beak is horned colored turning grey towards the base on the upper mandible. More

The Double Yellow-headed Amazon is without doubt one of the most beautiful and prized species of Amazon available to aviculturalists world wide. Their popularity and desirability within Australia is driven by a number of factors some of which include their rarity, beautifully adorned plumage, great pet qualities and talking ability. A bird with huge potential, the Double Yellow-headed Amazon is rarely written about in Australian aviculture. The following article is aimed at shedding some light on these beautiful birds. More

The Yellow-headed Amazon is an endangered Amazon parrot of Mexico and northern Central America because of deforestation resulting in the loss of their nesting habitat, and the continued poaching and illegal trade are threats to this species survival. Measuring 15-17 inches in length, it is a stocky parrot with a yellow head, rounded wings, and a square tail. Their flight feathers are blackish to bluish violet with a red patch on the outer feathers. More

Yellow-headed Amazons continues to increase poaching which is why they have been nearly driven to extinction in the wild. The reason for this is they are so appealing because they make a great pet and are excellent talkers. Their speaking abilities are considered to be outdone only by the African Grey Parrot and matched by the Yellow-naped Parrot. The Yellow-naped Parrot or Yellow-naped Amazon is considered to be a sub-species of Yellow-crowned Amazon. More

Yellow-headed Amazon Parrots are Yellow-crowned Amazon Amazona ochrocephala in the taxonomy used by "Collect Birds on Stamps". Splitting into three species, may be done in various ways, as you can see below. Howard and Moore Yellow-naped Parrot Amazona auropalliata A. auropalliata auropalliata A. auropalliata parvipes A. auropalliata caribaea Yellow-crowned Parrot Amazona ochrocephala A. ochrocephala hondurensis A. ochrocephala panamensis A. ochrocephala nattereri A. More

Singe Yellow-headed Amazon is generally green with yellow-green on the under parts, dark black edges to the feathers on the back of the head, and a bright red on the edge of its wing and speculum. The tail is also yellow-green underneath with a red spot at the base of each feather. The eye is orange surrounded by an unfeathered white ring. The beak is light gray with some pink on the upper part close to the base, and the legs are gray. More

The Yellow-headed Amazon is an endangered parrot that can be found in Mexico and northern Central America. It is often referred to as the Double Yellow-headed Amazon because of both its yellow nape and yellow crown. Their numbers have been drastically reduced since the 1970s from capture for pet trade and habitat destruction. More

and neck rather than the head and the Double Yellow-headed Amazon has both a yellow nape, neck and head. The Yellow Amazon grows to between 14-17 inches in length which is 35-43cm and so is the largest of the Amazon parrots and this fact shouldn't be overlooked if you are considering one as a pet, as with most larger species of parrot they can be quite destructive, often needing replacement toys and perches which can quickly add up to quite an expense. More

Traits: The double yellow-headed Amazon is rarely shy, rather this Amazon parrot is outgoing, intelligent and possess a strong personality. Sometimes considered a “drama queen," owners should supervise the double yellow-headed Amazon around strangers and practice behavior training daily in order to keep them active. Double yellow-headed Amazons are known for entertaining an audience, be it talking or singing to the crowd. Behavior/Health Concerns: Obesity is an important concern for the double yellow-headed Amazon’s health. More

yellow-headed Amazon parrots are one of the top five most popular species of Amazons kept as pets — and for good reason. They are renowned for their outstanding mimicry abilities and their magnificently beautiful plumage. According to Merilee Hook, a regional advisor for the Amazona Society, “Amazons are very flock oriented and need lots of interaction, toys and exercise. A young bird needs to be taught what behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. More

Double yellow-headed Amazons can probably live up to 50 to 60 years or more. Little is known about their life span in captivity. Double yellow-headed Amazons (Amazona ochrocephala oratrix) occur on the pacific slope of Mexico as well as the gulf slope of Mexico north of the Yucatan. Inhabiting savannahs, tropical deciduous forests, dense thorn forests, evergreen floodplain forests, gallery woodlands and pine forests, the double yellow-headed Amazon nests in tree cavities. More

incredible speech abilities, the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon is a charming bird who loves being the center of attention. Like many parrots, however, Double Yellow-Headed Amazons may go through a hormonal bluffing stage as they reach sexual maturity. For this reason, they are recommended for experienced bird owners. Colors: Mostly green, these birds feature bright yellow feathers on their heads and faces, with splashes of yellow and red on the front edges of the wings. More

Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae
Genus : Amazona
Species : oratrix
Authority : Ridgway, 1887