Double Yellow-Headed Amazon & Magna Double Yellow-Headed
(Amazona oratrix)

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approx. size: 14 inches/35 cm native to: Mexico/northern C.A. available season: summer/fall
min. cage size: 30" x 30" x 30" talking ability: excellent prices: nominate type (not available);
$1800.00 Magna type

This species of Amazon Parrot is revered for its talking ability and great beauty! This is a quintessential parrot! The Magna Double Yellow-Headed Amazon is the same subspecies as the regular Double Yellow-Headed but is slightly larger and has more yellow on the head at a younger age. This type also develops more extensive yellow and red coloring as an adult and is extremely beautiful! The personality traits are the same in both types.

 Here are photos of breeding pairs of Magna Double Yellow-Headed Amazons from our ranch.


pair #19

hen from pair #3

pair #130

A cage that is manufactured for "Amazons" or "large parrots" is correct for the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon. A cage with a playpen roof is recommended. Amazons enjoy chewing wood and should be provided with chunks of pine or fir wood for chewing. They also love green branches with leaves and benefit from nutrients obtained from chewing leaves and geen bark. Good types of branches to offer include willow, honeysuckle, eucalyptus, palms, bottle brush, acacias, and fruit woods.

These chicks are about a 7-10 days of age.

Here are the same three parrots six weeks later!

Amazons have head-strong, lively personalities and are quite gregarious.
Talking Amazons love an audience and many become very talented talkers and singers!



At seven and a half weeks af age, this darling
Magna baby is almost ready to fly.

This lovely nominate Double Yellow-Headed Amazon baby is just weaned at fifteen weeks of age.

Amazon Parrots require a diet high in natural beta carotenes. We recommend a fresh natural diet for Amazon Parrots. Root vegetables such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes are important additions to the diet. Please do not feed Amazon Parrots a processed pelleted food as the basis of their diet. Pellets do not contain the phytonutrients that whole fresh foods have. Sprouted seeds and grains are also recommended.

"Kingbird", Magna male from pair #10

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All photographs are by Gail J. Worth and are copyrighted.
They may not be reproduced by any method without written permission.

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