Temporarily off exhibit

Yellow-crowed Amazon     

Amazona ochrocephala

Quick FactsYellow-crowed Amazon parrot

Found:  Mexico to South America
Size:  12 to 13 inches
Weight: ounces
Diet:  fruit, seeds, nuts, berries, flowers
Life Span:  up to 50 years
Status:  Common

There are upwards of 28 species of Amazon parrots all with the characteristic green plumage on their body.  Yet they have different colors on the top of their heads and many are defined by this color, like this one, the yellow-crowned Amazon.  All Amazon parrots have a strong, curved bills, and zygodactyl feet (two toes facing forward and two toes facing backwards).  Amazon parrots mate for life and nest in the cavity of trees, often returning to the same tree cavity each year.  Most of these birds learn to whistle and sing.  They are excellent mimics and can learn and repeat several words.  They have also been known to mimic human laughter.  Trapping wild parrots for the pet trade has diminished populations, making them subjected to more exploitation than any other group of birds.

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