Yellow-Headed Parrot Facts and Care Guide

Yellow-Headed Parrots are common birds that are easy to care for and make great companions for any person of all ages, most particularly children. Yellow-Headed Parrots are also called Yellow-Lored Amazon Amazons, just to add confusion.

Here is a comprehensive guide to yellow-headed parrots that includes appearance, diet, and care facts.

Yellow-Headed Parrot Facts and Care Guide
Yellow-Headed Parrot Facts and Care Guide

Overview of The Yellow-headed Parrot

Size & Shape

  • Scientific name: Yellow-headed parrot
  • Length: 15.5-17 in
  • Weight: 400-530 grams
  • Wingspan: 19-24 in

Yellow-headed Parrots are also very easy to recognize due to their color markings that differ from all other green parrots.

They are green with red-trimmed primary feathers and heads. But a distinguishing mark of the Yellow-headed Parrot is that they have a yellow-colored head. Yellow-headed Parrots also have a yellow-orange color beak, feet, and legs.

 Yellow-headed Parrots also have a yellow-orange color beak, feet, and legs
Yellow-headed Parrots also have a yellow-orange color beak, feet, and legs

Diet and Nutrition

A parrot diet should consist mainly of a high-quality seed mixture or pellets supplemented by fresh foods and treats. Seeds, nuts, berries, and various fresh foods can be offered to your bird daily.

The diet of these birds will depend on the region they live in and their natural food availability. Yellow-headed Parrots have been observed eating insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits in the wild.

Yellow-headed Parrots have been observed eating insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits in the wild.
Yellow-headed Parrots have been observed eating insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits in the wild.

Fresh foods should make up at most 25% of their diet to avoid overloading carbohydrates.

Natural Habitat

The Yellow-headed Parrot is found only in Mexico near the Pacific Coast.

Yellow-headed parrots tend to stay in a group or flock when foraging for food. They are most commonly seen in pine and oak forests and tropical deciduous forests; however, Yellow-headed parrots have also been spotted in cultivated areas and parks.

A Yellow-headed Parrot's average life span is 20–30 years.
A Yellow-headed Parrot’s average life span is 20–30 years.

A Yellow-headed Parrot’s average life span is 20–30 years. However, there are reports of Yellow-headed Parrots living up to 50 years old.

Yellow-headed Parrots nest mainly on cliffsides but have also been spotted nesting on branches of trees. The average clutch size is between 3 and 4 eggs.

Behavior

Yellow-headed parrots live in small flocks or may form monogamous pairs. The Yellow-headed Parrot is similar to Red-crowned Parrots in terms of flock behavior; however, the flocks of Yellow-headed parrots tend to be much larger.

Yellow-headed parrots are highly social birds and interact with each other a lot. They enjoy climbing trees, running through branches and bamboo, and playing with other birds.

Yellow-headed parrots are highly social birds and interact with each other a lot.
Yellow-headed parrots are highly social birds and interact with each other a lot.

Yellow-headed Parrots will become more social as they get older, which makes them comparable to Red-crowned parrots regarding how they interact with one another.

These birds are also very smart. They can be taught to mimic human speech as well as animal sounds. The Yellow-headed Parrot in Mexico will breed when two to three years of age; however, some parrots may breed at a younger age.

Yellow-headed Parrots are monogamous and only mate with their mate of the same sex.
Yellow-headed Parrots are monogamous and only mate with their mate of the same sex.

Yellow-headed Parrots are monogamous and only mate with their mate of the same sex. Females can produce more than one egg once a year during their breeding season.

Yellow-headed Parrots lay their eggs in a nest made of wood, palm fronds, and palm leaves. The female Yellow-headed Parrot will incubate the eggs for 25–29 days before hatching them.

Reproduction

Breeding season for the Yellow-headed Parrot begins in March and extends until July. The male Yellow-headed Parrot chooses a nesting tree and will begin to gather nesting material which consists of pine needles, twigs, and sticks.

After the eggs are laid, they will both take turns incubating them. Their incubation period is around 18–27 days. Once hatched, the baby parrots weigh about 1 oz. And are brown with yellow heads.

Breeding season for the Yellow-headed Parrot begins in March and extends until July.
Breeding season for the Yellow-headed Parrot begins in March and extends until July.

Speech and Vocalizations

The Yellow-headed Parrot has a variety of different calls and whistles. Some people who have heard Yellow-headed parrots say they sound exactly like a parrot, while others say they sound like canaries.

Yellow-headed parrots also have different calls depending on the alarm to indicate danger.

The Yellow-headed Parrot Sound

The Yellow-headed Parrot Sound
The Yellow-headed Parrot has a variety of different calls and whistles.
The Yellow-headed Parrot has a variety of different calls and whistles.

The Yellow-headed Parrot is most commonly heard making a piercing “krra-aah-aa-ow” call. This call is usually made in flight and can help distinguish the Yellow-headed Parrot from other birds.

Caring for the Yellow-Headed Parrot

Now that you have your Yellow-headed Parrot and brought him home, we will now tell you how to take care of it properly.

The first thing to consider is housing, this bird cannot survive in an apartment. A large outdoor aviary or an indoor cage measuring at least 3 x 5 feet would be good enough.

The Yellow-headed Parrots are highly interactive and playful so providing them with a toy is compulsory. You can choose from various toys, including bells, swings, mirrors, or anything that will make the bird move around. As they tend to be noisy, you should provide them with a play gym on the top of their cage.

The Yellow-headed Parrots are highly interactive and playful so providing them with a toy is compulsory.
The Yellow-headed Parrots are highly interactive and playful so providing them with a toy is compulsory.

As they require a lot of attention, small parrots are an ideal choice for human owners. If you allow your parrot to fly around the house unsupervised, he may fly into things, or potentially injure himself or another person in the process. At this point, it is advisable to keep the bird under close supervision.

Most parrots enjoy seeds, nuts, and pellets. Imported seed mixes should be a good source of calcium and vitamins. Oatmeal is another good dietary choice for your parrots.

The Yellow-headed Parrots should be bathed regularly.
The Yellow-headed Parrots should be bathed regularly.

To get the most out of this diet, you can also offer some fruits, vegetables, and pasta. A large variety of small to medium-sized nuts, vegetable strips, and salami-like slices are also an option.

The Yellow-headed Parrots should be bathed regularly. They will like a shower with you as long as you are careful not to get them too wet. This parrot can also use a bath in fruit juice or another favorite beverage.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a pet bird to share your home with, the Yellow-Headed Parrot is just the thing for you. They are reasonably priced and will often time be found on sale. They have an extremely long lifespan of around 50 years and have been known to bond easily with their human caretakers.

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