The Yellow Headed Amazons Parrot
If one watched the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it featured a character of an old mute with the parrot doing the talking for his owner as the smart little thing perches on the left shoulder of the tongue-cut crewman of Captain Jack Sparrow. One may think that such a bird must have been very smart. As a matter of fact, pirates in all media depictions always have a parrot with them. It is as if these creatures are their avatar or totem. Needless to say, historically European buccaneers and naval cut throats inhabited the Caribbean islands, South American coastlines and the Amazon River. In those days, catching a yellow headed amazons parrot as a pet is easy, knowing that they flocked in abundance around Mexico, Belize, Honduras and along the Amazon forests.
But nowadays the yellow headed amazons breed has already been classified as endangered species. Large scale logging has resulted to deforestation and destruction of their habitats, therefore upsetting the ecosystem from which they have thrived. On top of that, these birds are also prey to hunting and illegal trade. Nowadays, domesticated yellow headed amazons parrot can be purchased in retail pet stores at a relatively expensive price. As featured in 16th Century media depiction of pirates, they have also garnered tremendous notoriety for their ability to mimic human speeches. Compared to their African Grey cousins, they got second place for their grade in their aviary speech class, so to speak. But if stereotypes are inappropriate for human beings, the same can be said about these birds. After all, not all yellow headed parrots are capable of speech and there are certainly those among them that stand out as a speechless squawker.
Yellow Headed Amazons Parrot Characteristics
Yellow headed amazons parrots grow about 15 inches tall, and some females tower over their male breed. Their feathers on the head are colored yellow, while from the neck down to the upper fringes of their talon they are as green as a leprechaun suit. Both wings have red patches on the edge. Their colors consists the Rastafarian reggae banner, so to speak, and calling them cool creatures is likewise never far from the truth. They have broad hooked beaks that resemble those of birds of prey like hawks. However, they are herbivorous creatures. The extra added capability for their beaks going beyond breaking nuts, berries, fruits, seeds and blossoms is designed for giving them an extra option for displacement such as climbing up to a steep height of a slender pole. Their talons are also unique, or rather per say, they have a unique skill of grasping their food as they take a bite. Thinking of a parrot chewing on a fruit-flavored wafer bar the way humans and monkeys would is never a cartoonish sight, yet these smart creatures do it all the time.
For their fairly big size, they also pack a lot of punch with their destructive vigor. It is as if they do not understand the meaning of being still, like the owls and other docile-mannered birds, and they simply cannot live without toying something with their beaks and dull talons. Therefore, an owner is advised to put them on a vast aviary from time to time just to satisfy its urges of flight. In a spacious enough cage, the owners need to but some toys for these creatures to play with, lest their boredom rises to anxiety. With good nutrition, proper grooming, and the lifelong dedication of caring for them; these yellow head parrots make up a splendid bird pet one could ever ask for in a lifetime. Why in a lifetime? It is simply because their lifespan could reach as much as 50 to 80 years. If one wishes to be this smart bird’s master and keeper, one should get used to the idea that they are stuck with you for as long as you would ever care to count the years. It is not such a bad idea. These creatures are smart, funny and entertaining and it will never fail to brighten one’s day.
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