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Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot


Mexico south through South America.


Tropical deciduous forests; Low thick woodlands, open regions, swamps and coastal areas.


Male and female are closely alike. Stout bills, plump body, short neck, feet zygodactyl, green coloration with yellow markings on head.

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When excited all feathers of the neck and crown are raised, making the head appear double in size. They strongly desire attention and will engage in all sorts of behavior to gain this attention. Not all have the sweet disposition that they sometimes seem to have. In the wild, they generally live in large, noisy flocks.


During breeding, they live in monogamous pairs, nest in hollow tree limbs, lay an average of 2-3 eggs with 3 1/2 weeks incubation. Sexual maturity is at 3-4 years.

Interesting Facts:

This species of parrot has been popular for several hundred years as a pet. In the British Museum is a portrait of an English noble woman with her double yellow headed parrot next to her-painted 300 years ago.

Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot
Class: aves
Genus: Amazona
Species: ochrocephala oratix
Length: 14-16 inches
Average Lifespan: 40
Wild Diet: Fruits, nuts, berries, greens, blossoms, and seeds.
Predators: Man, monkeys, snakes, and raptors.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Appendix II
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Outside Yard

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