Yellow-naped Amazon

The Yellow-naped Amazon, also known as the Yellow-naped Parrot is native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. It is about 36 cm (14 in) long with a wingspan of 20 cm (8 in). It gets its name from the yellow band across the back of its neck.

These birds prefer woodland and forest habitats where they eat fruits, nuts, berries and seeds.

They are cavity nesters. The female lays 3 or 4 eggs and the male guards the nest from outside. During the incubation period the male feeds the female by regurgitating food for her. They mature at two years of age.

In the wild they live 20 – 30 years.

Yellow-naped Amazon @ Safari Niagara

  • There are four of Yellow-Naped Amazons living at Safari Niagara.
  • Their names are Pokey, Mora, Summer and Tatti.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Amazona
Species: A. auropalliata

Did you know?

  • Their populations have declined largely due to collecting for the pet trade.
  • As a result, they are listed in CITES Appendix 1 which prohibits the sale of captured birds.
  • In captivity these birds can live 60 – 80 years