Yellow-naped Amazon’s are extremely sociable birds that make perfect pets for those who prefer to form an excellent bond with their pet bird. Their impressive speaking skills make them among the very best all-around Amazon parrot species. Yet, despite their talkative nature, they aren’t the best choice for households with young children since they are known to undergo a short period of mild aggression as they approach adulthood. But don’t let that stop you from introducing Yellow-naped Amazon’s into your family. As long as you know how to handle and train them properly, you’ll be able to have a healthy and happy relationship with these remarkable birds.
Yellow-napped Amazon parrots originated in the Amazon basin located in South America. They have varied colors depending on the richness of the coloring of their fur, and can grow up to four feet in length. The majority of Yellow-naped Amazon’s are Yellow-rumped, while there are also some that are Blue-nosed and even Yellow-cheeked Amazon’s. The foreheads of these parrots generally stand erect, forming a bulky and prominent forehead that protrudes far beyond the lower nape of their beaks.
Yellow-naped Amazon parrots originate from two separate subspecies: Honduras yellow-naped Amazon and the amazing ochrocephala parvipes. Both of these subspecies are native to the Andes mountains. Despite the physical differences, both subspecies of these parrots have been bred and developed to produce a similar trait. This is why, despite their different physical appearances, these two subspecies are able to produce and interbreed to form the most desirable of yellow-naped Amazon parrots in the market. The amazing ochrocephala parvipes has been specifically bred to produce the smaller beak of this species; which makes them perfect for owners with smaller cages.
A Yellow-naped Amazon bird’s lifespan is measured in years. An average lifespan of 25 years is recorded for this bird species. However, it is important to note that this lifespan can greatly vary based on the health and diet of the Yellow-napped Amazon parrot. If an owner keeps their pet bird in captivity for longer years, then they are likely to experience longer longevity. But if kept in captivity for shorter periods, then they are more likely to suffer from illnesses or become ill easily.
Like most other parrot species, the Yellow-naped Amazon parrot breeds naturally in upland forests of Central and South America. They can also be found in the rainforests of Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela. They prefer dense, wet habitats, and are often found in thickets, grasslands and tropical tree canopies. Their natural habitat is ideal for their breeding, as it provides a stable home with little predators. During the springtime, the Amazon parrot breeds in larger numbers, as it prepares to mate in the following season.
It is believed that the rapid increase in the number of wild populations of the yellow-naped Amazons can be attributed to the establishment of habitats in previously unnoticed areas. These parrots can adapt to a large variety of habitat, but their preference of trees and bush is often dependent on the availability of prey. They will eat just about anything, including small insects and larva, mosquitoes, spiders, and cockroaches. For their diet, the birds prefer suet, seeds, nuts, berries, and fruits. The males and females usually share one cage, although the females are larger than the males and can be seen standing on the ground at night.