Yellow-headed Parrot

Amazona oratrix




African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4


Code 6



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Number of Eggs:

2 - 3

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Tree cavities

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Yellow-headed Parrot: Large green parrot with yellow head. Flight feathers all tipped blue-black, patch of red on secondary feathers and at bend in wing. Sexes similar. Juvenile has darker bill, reduced yellow on head, and no red at bend in wing. Part of a large variable complex in tropical America that may represent different species or a single species.

Range and Habitat

Yellow-headed Parrot: Found in limited coastal areas of southern Mexico, though endangered and populations declining sharply. Small numbers of escaped cage birds are now established in Los Angeles, California, southern Texas, and in areas of Florida. Found in pine and deciduous forests and adjacent savannahs.

Breeding and Nesting

Yellow-headed Parrot: Lays 2 to 3 white eggs in tree cavities 20 to 45 feet high from February to May. Female incubates eggs while male feeds her. Incubation takes about 24 days. Juveniles need 3 to 4 years to reach adulthood.

Foraging and Feeding

Yellow-headed Parrot: Moves in pairs or small flocks in search of fruits, seeds, and buds.


Yellow-headed Parrot: Harsh rolling "kya-a-a-ah" and variety of shrieks and whistles, but mostly silent.

Similar Species

Yellow-headed Parrot: Orange-winged Parrot has a blue eyebrow and a darker bill, and lacks red shoulder patches. Red-lored Parrot has yellow only on the cheeks and lacks red shoulder patches.

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Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
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