Yellow-Crowned Amazon Parrot

Yellow-Crowned Amazon Parrot

The Panama Yellow-fronted Amazon is quite intelligent, inquisitive, and affectionate. Their high intelligence makes them easy to tame and train. They are very social, enjoy companionship, and become fast friends with their owner. They make great pets for devoted individuals and families. Yellow-Crowned Amazon Parrot

Distribution of Amazon Parrot

   The Yellow-crowned Amazon Amazona ochrocephala was first described by Gmelin in 1788. The Panama Amazon Amazona panamensis is a subspecies of the Yellow-crowned Amazon.

   The Panama Amazons are native western Panama, the Pearl Islands and Coiba, and northwest Columbia. They inhabit open woodlands and tropical zones areas where they feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, and the blossoms and leafy buds of foliage.

Care and feeding   In the wild, the diet of the Panama Amazon consists of fruits, berries, plants, seeds and nuts. A pet bird will enjoy a varied diet, including a quality seed mix or a pelleted diet, and many fresh fruits and vegetables. Pellets will work if started at an early age. They like to eat at the table and enjoy eating with their family. Avocado and chocolate are toxic to any parrot.


In the wild, Amazons live in colonies, but mate for life with just one other bird. Living with a mate is part of the social pattern of the Amazon parrot. To live well, they need close companionship. They go through a hormonal stage as they reach maturity, generally starting at about 4 – 5 years and lasting for a couple of years or longer. During this period they can become restless or distressed, and may start demonstrating undesirable behaviors like feather plucking or screaming. This period will require even more personal attention from their keeper, or perhaps pairing it with a mate.

   As your pet Amazon reaches sexual maturity, this may be the time to consider getting a mate for your parrot. This is primarily true if it seems to be distressed and you cannot spend more time with it. Sometimes pairing is the only satisfactory solution even if you do spend more time with it and it still remains distressed. This will depend a lot on you and your bird. A mate does not diminish the bond of trust formed with its keeper, but provides a new experience for both. Overall Amazon birds are very affectionate loyal companions, but definitely require devoted, experienced parrot owners.

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