Friday, January 31, 2014

Yellow Headed Amazon

Yellow Headed Amazon
The Yellow-headed Amazon  also known as the Yellow-headed Parrot and Double Yellow-headed Amazon, is an endangered amazon parrot of Mexico and northern Central America. Measuring 38-43 centime in length, it is a stocky short-tailed green parrot with a yellow head. It prefers to live in mangrove forests or forests near rivers or other bodies of water. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Yellow-crowned Amazon. It is a popular pet and an excellent talker.The Yellow-headed Amazon averages 38-43 centimeters  long. The shape is typical of amazons, with a robust build, rounded wings, and a square tail. The body is bright green, with yellow on the head, dark scallops on the neck, red at the bend of the wing, and yellow thighs. The flight feathers are blackish to bluish violet with a red patch on the outer secondaries. The base of the tail also has a red patch, which is usually hidden. The outer tail feathers have yellowish tips.The bill is horn-colored, darker in immature of the Belize an subspecies. The eye ring is whitish in Mexican birds and grayish in others. The most conspicuous geographical difference is the amount of yellow. In adults, the head and upper chest are yellow in the subspecies of the Treo Marmara Islands  just the head in the widespread subspecies of Mexico  just the crown in Belize  and the crown and nape in the Sulla Valley of Honduras. Immature have less yellow than adults; they attain adult plumage in 2 to 4 years.The variety "Manga"  is bred for more yellow and commands a premium price as a pet. Some "extreme" Magnates have as much yellow as Treo Marmara birds, but are distinguished from them by heavier barring on the chest and a less bluish tint to the green plumage.Wild birds give low-pitched sometimes human-sounding screams, but often fly silently  The calls can be described as "a rolled ya aah and kraal-aah a deep rolled hurrah or hurrah Young birds make a "clucking" sound to indicate that they are hungry.



Post a Comment