Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrots

This attractive bird may not be a good fit for families with children

Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala). Moscow Zoo, Moscow, Russia
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Yellow-Naped Amazon parrots are quick-witted creatures that make excellent pets for owners who want to form a great bond with their bird. Their intelligence and remarkable speech abilities have made put them among the most popular Amazon Parrot species.

Amazon parrots thrive on social interaction, and they need it to remain healthy and happy. Birds that are neglected can fall into destructive behavior patterns and depression, which can manifest itself in various physical and emotional problems.

It's important for Yellow-Naped Amazon owners to set aside a period each day for one-on-one interaction with their bird, to establish and maintain a healthy bond. 

Potential owners should remember that if they adopt a Yellow-Naped Amazon, they are taking on the care of a creature that is every bit as intelligent and emotional as a human toddler. These birds can live more than 70 years if properly cared for, so caring for one is not a commitment to be taken lightly.

The scientific name for this bird is Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata. It's also referred to as the Yellow-Naped Parrot and the Golden-Naped Amazon.

Quick Facts on the Yellow-Naped Amazon

These birds are native to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. They normally measure about 15 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail, so they're on the smaller side for parrots. 

Temperament of the Yellow-Naped Amazon 

Yellow-Naped Amazons are highly intelligent, comical birds that love to be the center of attention. They are excellent talkers, and they form extremely close bonds with their owners.

Hand-fed Amazon parrots normally make loving, affectionate pets. Like many Amazons, however, Yellow-Naped Amazons go through a hormonal bluffing stage as they reach sexual maturity.

 While the phase does pass, it can sometimes last for up to two years.

While in their bluffing stage, Yellow Naped Amazons are known to bite and show other aggressive behaviors. This may make these birds inappropriate for families with children, and they're generally recommended for experienced bird owners.

Plumage of the Yellow-Naped Amazon

Yellow-Naped Amazons are mostly a bright green color, with a blaze of yellow on the forehead and slashes of red in the feathers of their wings. They have gray beaks and feet.

Diet and Exercise for the Yellow-Naped Amazon

Like all Amazon Parrots, Yellow-Naped Amazons do best on a high-quality pelleted diet, supplemented with seed mix and daily servings of fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.

All Amazon Parrots are prone to weight gain, so it's important that they are allowed room to exercise every day. A Yellow-Naped Amazon needs several hours of daily outside-the-cage time to burn excess calories and stretch its muscles. This also provides the bird much-needed mental stimulation.

Where to Get a Yellow-Naped Amazon

While there's a chance you might find one of these birds at a pet store since they aren't considered endangered, it's best to seek out a qualified bird breeder in your area.

They can provide assurances about the bird's health and temperament and may let you get to know the bird a little before you take it home.