Yellow Headed Amazon

Yellow Headed Amazon


The Yellow Crowned Amazon , (ochrocephala ochrocephala) also known as the Yellow Fronted Amazon, or Yellow Headed Amazon, is a very popular parrot in today’s households. It is no surprise they enjoy much popularity due to their love of people and the ease with which they respond to taming. In addition, many are excellent talkers. Talking ability will vary between birds and there are not guarantees any bird will talk. This parrot has a love of flying and does very well if kept in an outdoor aviary, though they will also adapt to indoor cages as well. The Yellow Crowned Amazon is known for his loud voice. All Amazons are loud and the Yellow Crowned is perhaps the loudest. Do not get a Yellow Crowned Amazon if you are not prepared for a loud pet. The Yellow Crowned Amazon is one of the most affectionate Amazons, they quickly give as much love and attention to their owners as their owners bestow upon them. The Yellow Crown also has a great love of chewing. His love of chewing can lead to destructive behavior if he is not given plenty of toys suitable for chewing.

The Yellow Crowned Amazon is a handsome parrot. Like most Amazons, his plumage is largely green. His eyes are marked by orange irises. Rainbow markings touch this beautiful bird in many areas. Yellow markings can be seen at the crown, lores, and thighs, and can occasionally be seen in the areas around the eyes. Many have described these yellow markings as a ‘cap’. Red markings appear at the bend of the wing, while a yellowish green color marks the edges. The wings are indeed spectacular, as the primaries exhibit a lovely violet-blue, with secondaries also possessing this striking violet-blue at the tips and outer webs. The tail has a yellowish green base with red tail feathers. His gray bill is marked by reddish sides and an upper mandible. He also has gray feet. The immature Yellow Crowns exhibit the same colors as the mature adults, but it is typically more muted and the yellow is not as developed, except at the lores and crown. They also have dark irises. They are medium sized Amazons, averaging 14 inches (36cm) in length with a wingspan of eight to eight and a half inches (198 – 220 mm). Males and Females exhibit no noticeable differences. To determine the sex of your bird you will need to take him/her to a veterinarian for testing.


The Yellow Crowned Amazon originates in South America. Commonly seen in Trinidad, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Northern Brazil and Venezuela.

Relative Size: Larger Than Average (as compared to other parrots)

Average Lifespan: 70 years

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Amazona
Species: ochrocephala ochrocephala

Photo taken at Lahore Zoo:

Posted by NotMicroButSoft (Fallen in Love with Ghizar, GB) on 2007-03-12 11:22:53

Tagged: , Yellow Headed Amazon , bird , zoo , Lahore , Pakistan , ochrocephala ochrocephala , specnature , Amazona oratrix

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