(Amazona ochrocephala oratrix)
all Amazon species the Double Yellow-Headed is revered for its talking
ability and great beauty! This is the only parrot (I feel) that
can begin to compete with the master of mimic the African Grey Parrot.
The Amazon will always be the bigger show off, African Greys are
more private when new people are around - whilst Amazon are inclined
to show off to an audience.
are some of the most beautiful members of the parrot kingdom and
the Double Yellow Headed is probably one of the most outstanding.
Some Double-Yellow Heads develop more extensive yellow and some
red colouring as they reach adulthood which make them extremely
Generally they are gregarious, often very headstrong, with very
lively personalities. Talking Amazons love an audience and many
become very talented talkers and singers! They love noise and the
will compete with any noise such as the vacuum and radio and will
join in with the TV programmes if allowed!
choosing a cage for your Amazons or any large parrot make sure it
is big enough for the bird to fully extend it's wings without touching
the sides. A cage with a playpen roof is highly recommended for
these birds as they love to sit up top and look around. Amazons
enjoy chewing wood and should have wooden toys or prepared wood
for chewing (only give toys that are designed for parrots). They
also love green branches with leaves, but always wash them and check
the suitability for your parrot. Remember you most do the thinking
for you parrot it will not know if the wood is poisonous to it.
Parrots require a fresh natural diet with lots of root vegetables
such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. A good quality parrot
seed-mix and some fruit should be included such as apples, oranges,
grapes etc. They love to have toys to play with, a tepid spray will
always be enjoyed by most amazons.
the parrot yourself before you buy, never assume that you can when
you get it home. We have found when choosing to buy it isn't always
the customer that chooses - sometimes the parrot chooses. Parrots
can take an instant liking to a person this makes them irresistible
and they are often then the one to buy. In any case be sure you
are buying the parrot that is "right" for you and you'll
have a devoted loving pet for many long years. The Double Yellowed-Headed
Amazon is an excellent example of the Amazon family and is sure
to be a friend for life.