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|At Roatan Tropical Butterfly Garden, Honduras|
Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata
Deforestation is reducing the number of these parrots in the wild together with illegal removal of young for the pet trade. This parrot readily mimics sounds, and in captivity this includes human speech, which is probably the reason it is popular in aviculture. Like all parrots, however, mimic abilities vary greatly between individuals.
The yellow-naped amazon is distinguished by its green forehead and crown and a yellow band across the lower nape (back part of neck) and hindneck. The beak is dark gray and is paler towards the base of the upper mandible. The feet are also dark gray.
Three subspecies are recognized:
- Amazona a. auropalliata: Southern Mexico to north-western Costa Rica.
- Amazona a. parvipes: Mosquito Coast in eastern Honduras and north-eastern Nicaragua.
- Amazona a. caribaea: Bay Islands, Honduras.
Range and habitat
Yellow-naped amazons are highly sought after for their talking ability and playful personalities. They are also known for nest-protective behaviors that often lead them to bite. This is particularly common in, but not limited to, males during the breeding season.
A rare blue mutation of the yellow-naped amazon is known to exist, in which the entire body is turquoise in color.