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YELLOW-NAPED AMAZON PARROT

Scientific Name: Amazona ochrocephala
Order
Psittaciformes (parrots and cockatoos)

Family
Psittacidae (African and Neotropical parrots)

Habitat & Range
Yellow-naped parrots are native to tropical South America and Panama. They inhabit rainforests, woodlands, mangroves, and savannas.

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Name: BUCKWHEAT (male)
Location: Outside of "The Wetlands"
Born: 10/09/1977
Arrived at EPZ: 10/03/2000
 
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Identification
The plumage on the yellow-naped parrot is bright green. It is a subspecies of the similar yellow-crowned parrot; the primary difference between the two birds is the namesake yellow band that circles the lower part of the yellow-naped parrot’s neck. Their bills and feet are dark grey in color. Yellow-naped parrots grow to be approximately 14 inches in length and have wingspans that measure up to 8.5 inches.

Diet
Yellow-naped parrots eat fruit, seeds, nuts, and berries.

Reproduction & Lifespan
The parrots nest in tree hollows. Females lay up to 3 eggs at a time. The eggs incubate for approximately a month and hatchlings will leave the nest after 50 or 60 days.

The lifespan of the yellow-naped parrot has been known to last for up to 70 years.

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Threatened
The yellow-naped subspecies is suffering lower populations due to the effects of deforestation and capture by illegal pet-traders.
 
 
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