Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot
genus Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata
Description: Yellow Naped Amazon ParrotSimply put, My all time favorite of all species of amazon parrot: Mike, owner: Royal Bird Company I own a Yellow Naped Amazon, LORETTA(passed) has over 100 word vocabulary, sings opera, Spanish and English. I have never seen even one yellow naped amazon parrot that did not become an excellent talker. They are fantastic for talking ability. African Grey parrots may be good talkers, but let me tell you this, I have never seen not even one handfed Yellow Nape amazon that did not want to perform, talk, sing, etc, no not even one. But, I have seen many African Greys that simply were very disappointing. But that is the difference in the nature of two species. I remember as a kid one of the old Johnny carson shows with a yellow nape amazon that would sing i left my heart in sanfrancisco, It was amazing.The Yellow Naped Amazon when a baby or very young will be mostly green in color and has little or NO yellow on the nape. Many may have yellow splashed on the forehead and crown. This coloration is normally found in the nominate for auropalliata, this is the normal and most often seen yellow naped amazon around the country, its the most type sold in most shops, It has a large range in central america and mexico. This yellow may or may not stay throughout the first couple molts. In some cases it may completely disappear or get larger. The yellow on the nape may start to appear within the first year and then will increase in size throughout the life. Some babies may not get any yellow on the nape for many years, Each bird may be different, But the yellow is an indicator of age for sure, Many people thinking they have a baby yellow naped and the bird already has a yellow nape will be at least 4-6-7 years old. It can take many years for yellow naped to get their yellow and some yellow naped species such as the LARGE HONDURAN may only get very little on the nape even after many years, see below the differences in yellow naped speciees, The honduran being the most sought after due to the extreme talking talents. The Yellow Naped Amazon is in most experts opinion is the absolute most entertaining of all amazons or in some cases all birds.
This species never fails in becoming the center of attention. Yellow naped amazons are one of the best talking species of all birds. Yes, even better than African Greys. Well, lets just say Yellow Napes talk more and will talk in front of strangers where African Greys seem to be slightly shy. Of course there are exceptions to this, as some greys are also good talkers in front of strangers, but this is not the norm. This species (Yellow Naped) will learn at a very young age. We have had many Yellow napes start vocalizing actual words at 10-15 weeks old. Some even younger. If you are looking for the perfect talking species, then this one is for you. Keeping in mind that most amazons should not be left unsupervised around very young children as with most all parrots there is a danger of nipping. If you are old enough to remember the Carson Show, many times there was a Yellow Nape brought on the show, that bird would sing, laugh, cry, sing opera, etc. That is what Yellow Napes Do. They do not even need training...Most of the time when you see a green parrot on TV that has a very good talking ability its normally the Yellow Naped Amazon. I personally own a Yellow Nape Amazon named Loretta, This bird is amazing . She speaks spanish, english, sings opera, etc. She is the perfect example of the talented ability of the Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot.
If you want a bird that will become one of the best talking birds, the most entertaining you have ever seen, This bird is for you.
subspecies; there are several recognizable geo variations in this genus, we have researched and bred several, We are now the worlds largest breeding research program. We have now in our breeding programs, several different species and subspecies and the rare BLUE mutations, This rare blue mutation is one of the rarest mutations in the parrot world sometimes bring more than $25,000 each. we have the original VOREN bloodline.
Yellow Naped Amazons are found in several Central American Countries, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and also Mexico
NOMINATE: auropalliata: This form is the normal seen Yellow Naped Amazon, some have a yellow spot or stripe on front crown at a early age.and as they age get the yellow nape after many years.some may take 25 years to get the full nape. again this indicator of age.
PARVIPES: this rare and uncommon variation is slightly smaller, has red at the bend of the wing, mandibles are different color,mostly lighter than the nominate form, same talking ability. becoming very uncommon and rare.
Unclassified: HONDURAN:one geo variation we have seen comes from the western southern area of Honduras in and around the Nicaraguan border region, this geo variation of yellow naped amazon is larger, a darker deeper greeen and has no yellow on the nape or front forehead until much older, and some never get it, we have had a super large breeder pair that we know are 15 years old and they have only a few flecks of yellow on the nape so far and no yellow on the forehead at all and in which the front forehead may never get yellow at all, the head is quite large and is broad, When we sent some video and info to our friend the late Howard Voren, the world authority on this species as well all AMAZONS in general, he was excited, he stated that he saw many of these in that region of honduras while there collecting birds back in the late 70's and early 80's, He said there was a very distinct difference in these compared to other variations, and this subspecies was already in decline at that time. He also said he experienced the talking ability to be greater than average compared to the other yellow naped variations and subspecies.he also stated that not very many was brought out due to the region being so inaccesible to outsiders, and these were already getting rare in the USA, and that by breeders not really understanding or not able to detect the differences would just throw any yellow naped pairs together for breeding without knowing there was differences in geo variations and they in most cases did not care. He was impressed by our birds and thanked me for keeping them seperated, as he had done for for over 35 years, We have 2nd generation and 3rd generation of these and we strive to keep the lines pure. they are something to see, when showing off at breeding time. The babies are overly large,dark blue green and seem to be more talented in talking and mimic at a very early age.(compared to others), Voren stated that in the 80"s he brought out only adult birds which many did have some yellow on the nape but they were already estimated to be at least 10 years or older,the amount of yellow on nape on this species is not indicator of age. But keep in mind that many babies from these HONDURAN variation may never get the full yellow nape.he stated to us that he had several pair that he had brought out originally that had a small amount of yellow and now its been over 25 years and they have no more yellow as they did then. Our own experience is the same as we stated we have pairs that we have had for over 15 years and they still have only flecks of yellow, but their babies can have more or less in time. Some after 15 years have a full nape where some of the babies from the same pair have none even at the same age or older, so its in the bird as in people. Some people have siblings or parrents that may have different types or color of hair. its all in the genes and how they are passed on.
Note: We have kept, selective bred and researched the whole species of yellow naped for half of our lifetime. We have studied everything about yellow naped amazons, we have researched the geo differences in yellow naped amazon colors and sizes, the nesting patterns, the final results of selective breeding, advanced incubation, brooding, nutritional needs, and much more, we are many times called upon when other breeders and owners need answers on this species. We have shared and collaborated info with the late great Howard Voren of Vorens Aviary, the worlds authority on amazona species, the first world captive breeder of the rare blue mutation yellow naped amazon, We have written articles and shared research info with other breeders across the world also sharing info with the wildlife ministry of HONDURAS the main and largest origin of most original ancestors of yellow naped amazons in the USA today,
We also have shared info with a small consortium of breeders across Honduras and Nicaragua that are breeding this species and others, they are working hard to help the declining wild populations of yellow naped and other species and also hopefully be able to be successful enough to actually do a release of some of the domestically bred birds they are working with. We have gathered one of ,if not the largest in the world, the largest yellow naped amazon research information databases on the incubation, hatches, feeding habits, flock interactions, pair bonding,lighting stimuli, nest box design and nesting, and much more. to date we have gathered more than 50,000+ pages of research data pertaining to geo variations, species,sub species, husbandry, pairing,lighting,nesting activities,diets,nest box design , clutch sizes and fertility, and much more, we know this species inside and out.
We have one of the USA largest and most successful selective collection of Yellow Naped Amazons, For over 35 years our very selective breeding of this most amazing species has given Royal Bird Company the 2nd and 3rd generation breeders produced from our own stock over these long years. We seperated and paired birds that were same species and subspecies, like in size, like in coloration, temperament and talking ability, only the best was paired with the best therefore the offspring is absolutely the finest specimens available, our super stock that produces our baby yellow naped amazons are some of the most talented birds in talking ability, best in family companions and the absolute perfect feathering and colorations. Its all in the genes, breed the best and get the best. we do not breed feather pickers or problem birds therefore our stock and babies produced from these birds are the cream of the flock. If you want the highest quality pure bloodline of this species then you have come to the right place. You get what you pay for.
NOTE: we never recommend that a person own or purchase birds just for talking ability. Please purchase them because you love them and can give them a forever home.. Be a Responsible Pet Owner..
Below is a video of one of our SUPER PAIRS of young 3rd generation pairs of selective bred premium Honduran Yellow Naped Amazons, Super large, Super talkers, absolutely amazing birds.
The subclass HONDURAN Yellow Naped Babies are priced higher than the nominate species
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