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Yellow-naped Amazon

 (Amazona auropalliata)

Also known as: Golden-naped Amazon, Honduras Yellow-naped Amazon (A.a. parvipes)

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Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: auropalliata

Size:

35cm (14in)

Weight:

480-550g (17-19.5oz)

Races including nominate:

three: A.a. auropalliata, A.a. parvipes, A.a. caribaea

Colour Adult:

A. a. auropalliata: Both adults green forehead and crown to area around eyes; yellow patch on lower nape to hindneck that varies with the individual; red on bend of wing absent; yellow on thighs absent. Bill dark grey with pale grey on sides of upper mandible. Eye ring narrow and grey.
A.a. parvipes: Both adults as in auropalliata but yellow on nape more extensive; occasional other yellow markings on forehead; red on bend of wing. Bill pale grey with dark grey markings. 
A.a. carbaea: Both adults as in parvipes but more olive/green to underparts; paler in general; grey/horn coloured lower mandible.

Colour Juvenile:

Immatures have no yellow on head or neck; crown washed with blue/green. Bill dark grey. Eye brown.

Call:

Wide variety of squawks, whistles and screams.  Also a deep rolling karrow, karr ow.

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More Information:

Avibase

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Birds of the World
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2010.
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
ML Media Collection Catalogue 74070, Yellow-naped Parrot Amazona auropalliata, Ross, David L., Jr., Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Feb. 27 1988, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Lexicon of Parrots, Thomas Arndt.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.

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Did You Know?

Wild populations of Yellow-naped Amazons have undergone a significant decline in the last decade, due to poaching.


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Academic Research

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Well known in US; rarer in Europe.

Longevity:

40-60 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, banana, forming about 30 percent of diet; fresh vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas, beans, fresh corn and green leaves. Cooked/sprouted beans or pulses. Spray millet, mix of small seeds, limited sunflower; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Bathing using overhead misters or shallow water bowls; foot toys, destructible (non-toxic) wood block or vegetable tanned leather toys, non-destructible (non-toxic plastic) toys, food-finder toys, preening toys, different texture and size hanging perch toys; fir, pine, willow or elder branches, push-and-pull toys (sliding up and down).

Nest Box Size:

12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

2 or 3

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

11 weeks

Hatch Weight:

14-16g (0.5-0.56 oz)

Peak Weight:

500-600g (17.6-21.1oz)

Weaning Weight:

475-550g (16.75-19.4oz)

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Did You Know?

Wild populations of Yellow-naped Amazons have undergone a significant decline in the last decade, due to poaching.


Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona auropalliata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Fewer than 2400

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

The species is threatened by habitat loss and degradation, driven primarily by the expansion of agriculture, and capture for local and international wild bird trade.

Range:

A.a. auropalliata: Pacific slope from Oaxaca, Mexico to NW Costa Rica
A.a. parvipes Mosquitia of Honduras and NE Nicaragua
A.a. caribaea Bay Islands, Honduras

Habitat:

Deciduous or evergreen forest, clearings, savanna woodland, Pinus woodlands on ridges, dense gallery woodland; less commonly in dry thorn forest, mangroves or coastal swamp forest and cultivated areas with scattered trees.

Wild Diet:

Seeds of Cochlospermum, Curatella, figs and ripening Terminalia fruits. Bay Island birds feed on pine cones.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds are found in pairs or flocks with larger gatherings at communal roosts and feed areas.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 to 4 ovate eggs, 37.0 x 30.0mm (1.4 x 1.2 in)

Breeding Season:

February

Related Links:

Research: Long-term monitoring of Yellow-naped Amazons in Costa Rica
Research: Range-Wide Population Assessment of the Endangered Yellow-Naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata)
Research: Yellow-naped Amazon Amazona auropalliata populations are markedly low and rapidly declining in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

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