Yellow-lored Amazon

Yellow-lored Amazon

Scientific Name: Amazona xantholora

Origin: Yucatan Peninsula

Average Lifespan: 50 years or longer

Size: 9 to 10 inches

Color: Mainly green

Sounds: Vocal communicator

Interaction: Social

yellow-lored amazon specie perching on a tree

Photo: Philippe BOISSEL | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of Yellow-lored Amazon

The color or its plumage is mainly green with black on the edges. They are known for having yellow lores in which they got their name. Their forehead is white or cream in males, and blue in females. Their primary flight wings color is red and with shades of blue scattered while the tail color is yellow-green. The crown is dull blue, and with black feathers on the ear and temple of the cheeks for males and dark gray on females.

Aside from having yellow lores, their beak is also yellowish in color. Another difference from the female and male specie is the faint red markings underneath the eyes down to the upper cheeks in females. The juvenile parrot are almost similar to the female except that the yellow lore feathers are not prominent and still almost look green in shade.

Personality and Temperament

Like the majority of Amazon species, the Yellow-lored Amazon loves to be in flight most of the time. This is their daily form of exercise to prevent them from being over their weight as this species is also known for easily becoming obese. They are good natured specie that can go along well with other Amazon birds but during breeding season it is highly suggested to separate them from other species as they could become aggressive during this period.

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They are curious birds and make different kinds of noise, from sharp sounds to even loud shrills. They can mimic human sounds and voice and even the sounds of other animals like dogs and cats. They can learn how to talks and even become very good talkers. They are normally noisy during the morning and evening. Morning is when they usually start their vocalization routine and will go back in this routine after sunset. Afternoon is their quiet time wherein they normally just perch in their cage or in trees.  In the wild, they use vocal communication to warn their specie for incoming danger.

Male can become aggressive and territorial. Juvenile birds must be exposed to human care and communication so they can be tamed.

Health and Care

These birds enjoy water and like to have a daily bath. They also like to be sprayed on. It is recommended to offer them a shallow pan with cold water every day for them to do their daily water activity and for drinking. This is essential to their health and well-being. Adding some amount of hydrogen peroxide to their bathing water can help them fight infections.

It is important to house them in large cages as they are very active birds and loves to fly. They need to be physically active in their cage to prevent them from getting obese. Their cage must be made from non-toxic painted metals because they can easily escape and destroy wooden cage by chewing their way out. Offer wooden blocks and toys that they can chew to divert attention. They need out of the cage time and supervision is needed as they are very curious and can be prone to dangerous objects in your home.

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Formulated bird seeds mixed with fresh fruits and vegetable can complete their nutritional demands but you have to closely monitor their food intake because too much can easily lead to obesity and some serious health problems.

History and Background

The Yellow-lored Amazon is also known as the Yucatan Amazon because it originates from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and the surrounding islands (Honduras, Belize). In the wild, they are commonly seen in a small group of 4-6 birds. They normally flock in palm groves and sometimes in pine forests. They are not common to become pets but they can be tamed when hand-reared at young age.

The partnership of these birds is monogamous. They are loyal to their partners and can establish a long lasting relationship. They are quite hard to breed in captivity but when they breed, the female can produce up to 5 eggs in one clutch which she incubates for about 26 days. The chick starts to fledge at 10 to 12 weeks.


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