Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrot
genus Amazona ochrocephala oratrix & (magna)
Description: There are 2 available distinct known variables in this species.
One is the most common, the Amazona ochrocephala
oratrix, this species is what you find most
times when offered baby double yellow head amazons, with little
or no yellow and red in bend of the wings and when young
just the forehead and crown is yellow, with the entire head
being covered in yellow in few years. Double Yellow Head
Amazons are native from
The other geo different subspecies although sometimes not recognized as separate species is the Magna subspecies Amazon ochrocephala (magna), being uncommon and the most colorful with the head being covered more at a earlier age, many get full yellow much sooner than the oratrix. Our magna babies will even have yellow around their eyes and yellow going down into their chest area when only few months old, which is totally distinctive of the magna species. The wings have the yellow and red in the bends and also under the wings at the bend and where it joins the body, even when very young you can see this. We see the yellow leg stockings very early.
Also one other distinct thing is the full yellow
stockings on the legs, where the oratrix have some yellow on
the lower leg but not as noted or seen. The magna will be
seen mostly as a stocky built bird compared to the nominate
form oratrix which is seen as a more streamlined built bird.
The magna is sometimes called the eastern double
yellow head in some books on amazons and by some experts
such as Tony Silva. The magna double yellow head can be found only in the
eastern areas on the Caribbean slopes of One only needs a eye for detail to see the
One only needs a eye for detail to see the difference.
The other not so common species of Double yellow
head is the birds from the western islands in the Pacific
Our facility has owned and still own many many real magna pairs I have only seen and owned one pair of real tres marie Double Yellow Head Amazon, although I have responded to many adverts that claimed to have them, in which when I saw them was do doubt subspecies Magnas, I think that many breeders and owners mistakenly think that the tres marie is this very colorful bird, infact many may not be as colorful as some of the magna,and have a totally different edge on the feathering, where this edging does not exist on the tres marie specimens. Again when someone actually sees the real thing it cannot ever be confused with anything else. If you have an eye for detail yu can see the difference in the species.
The pair of Tres Marie we owned were brought as
long term pets from the island in the 70's by a person that
lived there and i purchased them and like a fool I sold them
soon after, as the offer that we got was too hard to refuse
back then. The 2 species are far different from each other
and by our trained eye cannot be confused with one or the
other. To regress, The magna sub species is from the eastern
The Amazona species called Double Hellow Head Amazon in general is well known for talking ability. The Double Yellow Head Amazon is one of the more colorful species of amazons. Talking here about the nominate species Oratrix, When young there is much less yellow on the head and as the bird matures( can take 20-30 years) the yellow completely covers the crown and down into the face as well. As with all amazons the Yellow heads do have their own little quirks and attitudes. I think that most attitudes as well as mature personality is formed while still young.
Our babies are handled and given every opportunity to become a very well socialized bird. Many babies have many different colorations when young, we have had babies with yellow faces and some with just the crown being yellow when babies. When all Yellow heads start to mature the head as well the cheeks start to get yellow until all the crown, head, cheeks and around the eyes have yellow covering, The name Double Yellow Head comes from this coloring.
I personally love this bird due to the coloring and demeanor. I just love amazons in general. They may not be for everyone, You just has to love them for who and what they are and accept all the attitudes as we many times do with human beings.