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Yellow Shoulder Amazons

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The yellow-shouldered amazon, also known as the yellow-shouldered parrot, is a parrot of the genus Amazona found in the arid areas of northern Venezuela, the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla, and the island of Bonaire. It has been extirpated from Aruba and possibly also Curaçao.

Yellow Shoulder Amazon parrots are a great species. Yellow Shoulder Amazons are a smaller species of Amazon with a fantastic personality. Yellow Shoulders can vary slightly in coloration, but like a typical Amazon, they are a gorgeous iridescent green with yellow and blue splashes. They make great family companions and can be outstanding little talkers. All our birds are very well socialized and used to the everyday household activity.

Yellow-shouldered Amazons as Pets:

Yellow-Shouldered Amazons are rare Amazons with engaging personalities. They are inquisitive and curious to the point of being “nosy” and their gentle nature only adds to their charm.

Always playful, Yellow Shoulders are active Amazons that require a cage stocked with toys. They can be quite the acrobats so swings and hanging toys are also a must.

Breeding

The Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrots nest in tree cavities. The average clutch size consists of 3 to 4 eggs, which are incubated for 26 – 28 days.

Similar Species ID:

Within its range, the yellow shoulder patch and extensive yellow on the head distinguish the Yellow-shouldered Amazon from other Amazon Parrot species, which have red or orange on the shoulder and less yellow on the head (the Orange-winged Amazon, which has as much yellow to the head as some Yellow-shouldered Amazons, has a blue eye region).

However, outside its range, several other Amazon Parrot species have as much or even more yellow on their heads.

The Yellow-shouldered Amazon averages 31 – 33 cm (~12.4 inches) in length (from head to tip of the tail).

Its plumage is mostly green, with yellow patches on the head, shoulders, around the eyes, and often over the ear openings and chin. The thighs and the bend of the wing (also known as “shoulders”) are also yellow, but both can be difficult to see.

It has bare, white eye-rings and a red patch on the wings. The throat, cheeks and belly often have a bluish tinge. It has broad dark blue tips to the flight feathers and a red wing-speculum. Its beak is horn colored.

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