Aside from being beautiful and funny, Yellow-headed Amazon parrots are one of the most intelligent species of parrots to have as pets. It is said that their intelligence typically compares to that of a three- to four-year old human child. They are highly social creatures, very playful, energetic, and constantly desire to be the center of attention.
The Yellow-headed Parrot (Amazona oratrix) is an endangered amazon parrot of Mexico and northern Central America. It typically measures 38-43 centimeters (15 - 17 inches) in length and is a stocky short-tailed green parrot having a yellow head. It prefers to live in mangrove forests and forests near bodies of water such as rivers. Yellow-headed Amazon parrots have a strong, hooked beak that they utilize to crack the shells of nuts and seeds. They also use their beak for climbing, grasping and exploring.
Amazon Parrots are considered to be the second best vocalizers in the parrot world, next to the African Grey. In addition to learning a huge vocabulary, many will also whistle, sing and mimic household sounds. They are usually reasonably calm and peaceful but can get vocal early in the morning and in the evening as it gets dark.
Amazon parrots are very active and playful and do well if a number of toys and wood blocks for shredding are available at all times. Their need for tons of toys is immense. Owners need to be careful as unsupervised parrots will regard anything in the home as a "toy" that can be explored and chewed on.
Amazon Parrots are generally healthy, but many species are susceptible to nutrition-related diseases. Improper feeding and lack of exercise can lead to excessive weight, which can reduce their life span dramatically. Amazon parrots are also the parrots most commonly diagnosed with Pacheco's disease, a contagious and often fatal viral hepatitis of parrots caused by a herpes virus. Prevention is still the best way to ensure your parrot's health. Proper diet and yearly booster vaccinations are highly recommended.
As a final note, it is essential that your Yellow-headed parrot lives in your main family area where it can see everything that goes on and interact with its environment as another family member. Take good care of your Yellow-headed Amazon and it will provide humor, affection, lifelong companionship and entertainment to you and your loved ones.