Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot, Amazona oratrix
The most obvious features of this predominantly green parrot are its yellow head and the red patch, or speculum, on each wing. Young birds lack these distinctive yellow and red markings, which become more prominent with age. The stout, hooked beak is used not only for cracking nuts and seeds, but also for grasping, exploring and climbing. The feet, with two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward, are highly adapted for grasping.
Did You Know?
These birds are endangered by habitat loss and over-collecting for pets.
In the wild, yellow-headed parrots consume fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms and leaf buds. They are also known to raid agricultural crops, such as maize.
At the Aquarium, their diet includes fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds and a commercially prepared pellet food.
These parrots grow to a length of about 15 inches from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail. Females are slightly smaller than males.
Mexico and northern Central America
The population of yellow-headed Amazon parrots is rapidly declining due to extensive habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade.
Widespread deforestation, resulting in the loss of nesting habitat, and continued poaching and illegal trade are the primary threats to this species’ survival.
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