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

Distribution: Scattered populations occur in forests and shrublands across Mexico, Belize and Guatemala; introduced populations in Puerto Rico and the Everglades of Florida

Diet in the Wild: Various fruits, seeds, and nuts

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Parrot pellets, various fruits and vegetables

IUCN Red List Status: Endangered, population decreasing

Threats: Habitat loss, poaching for pet trade and crop protection

Interesting Facts:

Yellow-headed amazons form monogamous pairs when they reach maturity. Often these birds will live in large flocks outside the breeding season, though it’s easy to tell which birds are paired with each other by their behavior.

In breeding season, the female will lay 2 or 3 eggs in a hollowed tree cavity and then incubate them until they hatch, a period of between 25 and 28 days. The female will also stay with the newly hatched chicks for a time. While the female is occupied by these tasks, the male will go out and find food for the both of them.

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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