Yellow-Headed Amazon

The green Amazon parrot with the striking yellow head is quite intelligent. In captivity, it can be a good mimicker of human speech and household sounds. Generally the yellow-headed Amazon will have a strong personality.

This parrot is endangered primarily due to habitat loss and the pet trade. In the United States it is only legal to own this parrot if it has been bred in captivity, thus protecting the wild population.

Yellow-Headed Amazon

Amazona oratrix

Habitat: Mexico through Central America

Diet in the wild: Seeds, fruits, even root vegetables, i.e. carrots, beets, sweet potato; will raid agricultural crops

Size: 15-17 inches long

Family: Lives in pairs to smaller noisy flocks

Status: Endangered; numbers decreasing

Did you know? This pretty green parrot likes to dig.

KT and Oreo

KT and Oreo have the largest vocabulary out of all of our parrots at the Caldwell Zoo. They can say “Hello” and “Whatcha doing?” as well as some other phrases. They are most vocal in the morning when our keepers let them out or when they are extremely excited or happy. KT and Oreo are big fans of apples but only when they are halved or cut into chunks because they do not enjoy eating through the peeling. They really love to play in leaves that their keepers have given them, but never make too big of a mess.

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