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Buddy

BUDDY – YELLOW-HEADED AMAZON
Hatch Year: unknown
Arrival to WBS: 2001
Sex: Male

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

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED
Poaching for the international pet trade has driven the species to near-extinction in the wild; around half of all wild-caught birds are thought to die in the process.

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
Sex: male and female are similar
Age: 60 to 80 years
Length: 15″-17″
Wingspan: 8″-9″
Weight: .98-1.43 oz.
Habitat: mangrove forests or forests near rivers or other bodies of water
Range: Mexico to northern Central America

Behavior: Yellow-headed Amazons are diurnal and are social parrots, living in flocks as large as several hundred individuals. They are considered very good singers and talkers and are generally known as noisy birds. They are also monogamous and during the breeding season live in pairs which mate for life.

Diet: flower buds, new leaves, palm fruits, figs, Acacia seeds, maize, mangos, unripe bananas, other fruits.

Vocalization: Wild birds give low-pitched, sometimes human-sounding screams, but often fly silently (unlike many other parrots). The calls can be described as “a rolled kyaa-aa-aaah and krra-aah-aa-ow, a deep, rolled ahrrrr or ahrhrrrr.”

Fun Facts!
– Also known as the Double Yellow-headed Amazon.

– Their yellow color increases with age and some birds have completely yellow heads when they are just a few years old.

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