Buddy – Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot
Received: Spring 2001
Buddy has been with the World Bird Sanctuary since the Spring of 2001; however, his exact age is unknown. He was initially used for education at the Albequerque, Zoo in New Mexico, but proved to be unpredictable and aggressive toward the staff. He was brought to World Bird Sanctuary, so he could get the time and attention needed.
With World Bird Sanctuary’s help, Buddy now loves an audience and is a great singer. He sings “George of the Jungle”, says “You’re my hero”, and sings the song “All of Me” in duet with his trainer. He also warbles before the duet as a “warm-up”. If the trainer says “Hello” to him he replies “Hello, what’s your name?” Although Buddy’s sometimes unpredictable behavior keeps his trainers on their toes, he is a huge hit with audiences and wows the crowds at every performance.
Species: Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot
Scientific Name: Amazona oratrix
Description: large mainly green amazon with a bright yellow head, red at the bend in the wing, blackish to bluish violet secondaries, green and yellow tail
Age: juveniles largely green with little or no yellow on head and with no red and yellow on wings, mature between 2-4 years; lifespan is 60 to 80 years
Weight: .98-1.43 lbs.
Habitat: Mangrove forests or forests near rivers or other bodies of water
Status: endangered, less than 7,000 in wild as of 1994 (no new figures found)
Range: Mexico to northern Central America
Behavior: moves quietly in tree-tops; flies well above canopy on shallow rapid wingbeats; generally found in pairs or flocks with large gatherings at communal roosts and favored feeding stations; nest in tree-cavities 6 to 15 meters high; breed Feb to May in south and until June in the north; lay 2-3 eggs; incubation is about 26 to 28 days
Diet: flower buds, new leaves, palm fruits, figs, Acacia seeds, maize, mangos, unripe bananas, other fruits.
Vocalization: call described as a rolled kyaa-aa-aach and krra-aah-aa-ow