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Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

Amazona oratrix
Conservation Status: 
Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Range: 
Southern Mexico through South America.
Habitat: 
Broad range of habitats, from tropical forests, savannah, open regions, swamps, and coastal areas.

Double Yellow-headed Amazons get their name from the two shades of yellow on their head. When they get excited, their neck and crest feathers raise up, causing their head to look much bigger. They eat fruits, nuts, berries, greens, blossoms, and seeds.

During breeding, they live in monogamous pairs, nest in hollow tree limbs, and lay an average of 2 to 3 eggs with 24 days of incubation.  Their population is decreasing due to severe habitat loss and trapping for the pet trade, especially of nestlings. Their population was estimated at only 7,000 individuals in 1994.

Double Yellow-headed Amazons can live 50 to 60 years.