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 Yellow-headed Parrot (Amazona oratrix)




Yellow-headed Parrot | Amazona oratrix photo
Yellow-headed Amazon

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Yellow-headed Parrot | Amazona oratrix photo
Yellow-headed Amazon in captivity

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YELLOW-HEADED PARROT FACTS

Description
The Yellow-headed Parrot is a stocky green parrot with a yellow head. The body is bright green, with dark scallops on the neck. Wing feathers have black or violet blue tips, and there is a red patch on the bend of the wing. Outer tail feathers have yellow tips. The bill is horn-colored, and there is a white or gray ring round the eye. The amount of yellow on the head varies with region, some birds have complete yellow head and part of the chest, while other juts have yellow on top of the head. Juveniles are similar to adults with less yellow.

Other Names
Yellow-headed Amazon

Size
35cm -38cm

Environment
thorn-forest, savanna, deciduous forest, mangrove forests, forests near rivers and other bodies of water

Food
fruit, nuts, seeds, berries.

Breeding
Lays two to five white eggs which hatch after about 28 days. The young leave the nest at 8-9 weeks old.

Range
Found in Mexico in San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco and Campeche, from Jalisco to Oaxaca, and also on the Islas Marías.

Notes
Yellow-headed Amazons are popular in the pet trade. It is against the law to keep wild caught birds. Captive-bred birds are widely available as pets. They are lively birds with appealing temperament. They are good mimics and can "talk".

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "endangered".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Amazona
Species:oratrix
Common Name:Yellow-headed Parrot


Relatives in same Genus
  White-fronted Parrot (A. albifrons)
  Yellow-naped Parrot (A. auropalliata)
  Red-lored Parrot (A. autumnalis)
  Mealy Parrot (A. farinosa)
  Lilac-crowned Parrot (A. finschi)
  Yellow-crowned Parrot (A. ochrocephala)
  Red-crowned Parrot (A. viridigenalis)
  Yellow-lored Parrot (A. xantholora)