Friday, May 23, 2008

The Double Yellow Headed Amazon (Species Profile)

Who says you can't have brains and beauty! The Double Yellow Headed Amazon is not only breathtaking, with his beautiful yellow head; they love to learn to sing and can be pretty proficient at communicating with you. It is no surprise this parrot is a favorite among many parrot fanciers.

The Double Yellow Headed Amazon, also know as 'The Double Yellow Head' or 'Yellow Headed Amazon', is a friendly parrot. He is known to get along quite well with other birds and truly enjoys human companionship. The friendly behavior of the domestic Double Yellow Head clearly stems from the fact that in the wild this is a very social bird. In the wild, this bird is seen living in large groups. Sometimes the groups will exceed numbers of 100 or more! In addition to being friendly, this bird is also faithful and will form lifelong bonds with its mate in the wild. Being a social creature, the Double Yellow Head, like many Amazons, is a vocal parrot. If you are looking for a quiet companion this fellow is definitely not for you. Amazons in general are loud, and the Double Yellow Head is no exception to this rule. It is not unusual to be awoken with loud screeches emanating from your Yellow Head's cage as he greets the day. They are typically loudest in the morning and at dusk. Often, simply covering your parrot's cage will quiet this behavior.(Birds should have darkness at night anyway) Their vocalizations are not limited to screeching. The Double Yellow Headed Amazon is well known for his talking ability. There are no guarantees that your Double Yellow Head will be a talker, but generally the Double Yellow Headed Amazon is considered to be good talkers among Amazons, and quite possibly one of the best within the entire Amazon parrot group! The Double Yellow Head has a strong, willful personality and needs an owner with a like personality. They are very smart and will test their owners. Their intelligence gives them a comical personality that is rarely hidden from strangers. They are not shy and love to perform to an audience. Because this parrot is so intelligent, you must never let him become bored. He loves the stimulation of an assortment of toys, and must be given plenty of room to stretch his expansive wings. In addition to playing with toys, this parrot also has a great love of climbing and his cage should provide adequate room for this beloved activity.

One of the largest Amazons, the Double Yellow Headed Amazon will reach 15-16 inches (38-41cm) at maturity. His wingspan averages eight to nine inches (205-235mm). The most distinguishing feature of the Double Yellow Headed is his bright yellow head. The yellow coloring does not reside merely on the top of the head, lores, or nape, but covers his entire head, extending to the sides and back of his head, as well as to his throat. Most of his body is covered in green feathers that are often tipped in black. The green feathers, which cover his body, are often mixed with yellow and some even exhibit a reddish margin. The yellow feathers are generally more prominent in males than females. The breast and abdomen typically possess no yellow feathers and are generally only green. In addition to a yellow head and random yellow feathers, the inside of the Yellow Head's thighs are also yellow, and pretty red feathers are generally seen in the bend of the wing, also mixed with yellow. This gives a very striking effect when the wings are opened to their full glory.

Originating in the Pacific slope of Mexico, specifically Colima, the Double Yellow Headed Amazon is also seen in Guerrero and Michoacan (western region). In spite of his Mexican origins, the Double Yellow Headed Amazon is commonly seen in households all over the world. He is one of the most popular among all the Amazon species.

Specific Care Information: Relative Care Ease: Average
The Double Yellow Headed Amazon requires a large cage to adequately provide him with enough room to climb and move freely. He has a fairly large wingspan and needs plenty of space to stretch his wings.

An intelligent parrot, the Double Yellow Headed Amazon needs plenty of toys to keep him from getting bored.

Like most parrots he needs a varied diet consisting of sprouted seeds,fresh fruits, safe flower blossoms, nuts, meal worms and greens.

For a great, organic, species specific dehydrated diet(or re-hydrate to make a warm moist meal Parrots LOVE) to supplement your fresh foods with, try Bird-Elicious Amazon.

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