Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot
Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix)
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The appearance of yellow-headed Amazon
The yellow-headed Amazon is a short-tailed parrot with a body length of 36 - 38 cm and an average weight of about 500 g. Both males and females of yellow-headed amazon are colored the same. The main body color is grassy green. On the head there is a yellow “mask” to the back of the head. Some individuals have interspersed yellow feathers throughout their bodies. On the shoulders are red-orange spots turning into yellow. The tail also has reddish feathers. The perorbital ring is white, the eyes are orange, the legs are gray, the beak is pink-gray.
There are 5 subspecies of yellow-headed Amazon, which differ in coloring elements and habitat.
With proper care yellowhead amazon - about 50 - 60 years.
Habitat and life in the nature of the yellow-headed Amazon
Yellow-headed Amazon lives in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Belize. The world's wild population totals about 7,000 individuals. The species suffers from loss of natural habitats and poaching. They live in deciduous and evergreen forests, edges, savannahs, in dense dense forests, less often in mangroves and other coastal thickets. Sometimes they visit agricultural land.
In the diet of yellow-headed Amazon, buds, young leaves, palm fruits, seeds of acacia, figs and other cultivated crops.
Usually birds stay in pairs or small flocks, especially during watering and feeding.
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Yellow-headed Amazon Reproduction
The nesting season of yellow-headed Amazon in the south falls on February-May, in the north it lasts until June. The female lays 2–4, usually 3 eggs, in the nest. Nest in tree hollows.
The yellow-headed Amazon female incubates clutch for about 26 days.
Yellow-headed Amazon chicks leave the nest at the age of 9 weeks. A few months later, parents feed young birds.