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Yellow Naped Amazons

Yellow Naped Amazon.

Latin name for subspecies we breed:
Amazona Ochrocephala Parvipes.

The Yellow Naped Amazon is from the Ochrocephala family with the Yellow Crowned Amazon being the nominate species.

There are nine better known subspecies recognised in this family group being the:

Yellow Crowned Amazon - nominate species - Amazona Ochrocephala Ochrocephala.

Double Yellow Headed Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Oratrix.

Tres Marias Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Tresmarias.

Marajo Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Xantholaema.

Panamensis Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Panamensis.

Then there are four subspecies of the Yellow Naped Amazon.

Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Auropalliata.

Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Hondurensis

Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Caribaea.

Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Parvipes.

All of these types of birds are from North - North east of Mexico and the west Mexican Island coast line.

It is the Island subspecies that differ in appearance having been separated through the generations and the reason they appear different from each other but still belong to the same family group.

The subspecies we breed as mentioned before

is the Parvipes species.

Yellow Naped Amazons

The Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Parvipes is from the Honduras - Nicaragua area.

These birds have some red coloured feathers on the bend of the wings.

Another feature specific to them is mentioned in their Scientific name which means - small feet, this is in relation to the other subspecies like the Ochrocephala Auropalliata, which have bigger feet and has no red on the wing bend and a black beak.

Yellow Naped Amazon breeding program.

The Yellow Naped Amazon is one of the bigger Amazon species and as with most bigger birds they take a bit longer to mature.

Having said that, our pair bred when the hen bird was 3 1/2 and the cock bird 4 1/2 years old. This species is very protective of their breeding space and are excellent breeders.

During incubation the hen only rarely will be seen out of the nest and mainly ventures out just before dusk to stretch, defecate and grab a quick bite to eat, the rest of the time the cock bird takes food to the hen.

The diet is like all the other Amazons and consists of plenty of fruit and vegetables raw or cooked in its diet as well as rice, pasta, sprouted seeds etc.

They especially benefit from vitamin A based veg like all the fruit and vegetables that contain plenty of vitamin A eg; red capsicums, carrots, beetroot and their leaves, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds,etc.

They relish a small seed mix as well, just make sure there is no sunflower seed in with the seed mix as they will throw the small seeds out to get to the sunflower seed.

As well as needing access to sunlight to absorb Vitamin D3, a component needed for good feather structure, calcium can be administered (via a liquid on their food or in the form of Cuttle bone) and shell grit.

Yellow Naped hatchling from 2008.

1 Day old Yellow Naped Amazon chick.

Incubation period of the eggs is, like most Amazons, around the 26 day mark depending on the temperature of the season.
They will lay two clutches if the first clutch is taken for incubation by the breeder. The clutches range from two to four eggs per clutch.

18 Day old Yellow Naped Amazon chick.2008

Young are a good size chick to work with

if you happen to handrear and are fast growers
Young Yellow Naped Amazon - Amazona Ochrocephala Parvipes, will often resemble a Yellow Crowned Amazon if the viewer doesn't pay close attention.

25 Day old Yellow Naped Amazon chick 2008.

The Yellow Crowned Amazon has a distinct white eye ring, whereas the Yellow Naped Amazon has a grey eye ring and of course the Yellow Naped Amazon will develop the yellow nape over time.

Some can take up to 6 years to achieve the full band where with others this may be a lot faster starting even from the first moult, also the amount of yellow can vary from nothing to a lot, the same can be applied to the area on the top of the head.

Young from the 2008 season.
35 Day old Yellow Naped Amazon chick. 2008

There also is a difference between the subspecies of the Yellow Naped Amazon beak colouration, from all black to grey and grey mixed with ivory.

In the Parvipes case, young birds will have some ivory colouration showing which they lose, becoming mainly grey with some black.

Young from the 2008 season.
1 year old Yellow Naped Amazon .

The Yellow Naped Amazon is still a very rare Amazon in Australia and only a handful of this species becomes available each year.

This type is now safe for future generations to admire we hope if we can keep the breeding successes happening.

In the wild it is a completely different story where some of the Yellow Naped subspecies are getting close to extinction.

Young from the 2008 season.
1 year old Yellow Naped Amazon .

All Yellow Napes are now on the endangered list (though some categorised as low concern) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Appendix I of CITES.

Lots of work still has to be achieved with all of the other Yellow Naped to make them safe in this country.

These birds are quite vocal and are an excellent mimicker, often talking, whistling laughing and singing more than making their own sounds.

Young bred in the 2009 season.
1 year old Yellow Naped Amazon .

They are one of the larger, more confident intelligent species, and seem to have the most out-going character out of the Amazon species available in this country.

Some clips of these birds performing are on the internet.

They are easy to maintain and mainly hardy, robust and entertaining birds to keep.

Young bred in the 2010 season. Yellow Naped and Yellow Crowned (which have the white eye rings).
1 year old Yellow Naped Amazon .

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