Yellow Crown Amazon
Yellow Crowned Amazons make fantastic pets, they are high intelligence and have charming personalities. They are very social parrot and love to interacted with people.
Availability at Birdsville
If you are interested in owning one of these beautiful birds call us or visit us for a chat at Birdsville. Yellow crown amazons are seasonal as they only breed in the warmer months of the year.
Distribution and Habitat of Yellow crowned Amazons
Yellow Crown amazons naturally occur from panama and throughout northern south america such as Brazil and surrounding areas.
In there natural home land they inhabit savannas, woodlands, pine forests, tropical deciduous forests, dense thorn forests, ever green flood plain forests.
The life span of yellow crown amazons is 50-60 years or more. They possibly live longer in captivity when provided with good nutrition and a proper environment.
Description and sexing Yellow Crown Amazon’s
This is a large stocky heavy set parrot which is bright green with a rich yellow crown. There is a red tip on the bend of the wing, light grey legs, the beak is dark grey and light pink in colour. Yellow crowned amazon will grow more into their colouration as they mature. As the bird ages the yellow crowned patch will increase in size and there is significant difference in the amount of colour that individual birds carry.
Notice the bird in this video has plucked feathers. This is very common with birds which have not been given the correct environment in which to live, to avoid this happening to your bird be sure to give them lot’s of toys and a nice environment to live.
Yellow crown Amazon Diet and Care
In the wild Yellow crowned amazons feed on pods, acorns, buds, insects, pine seeds, new leaves, palm fruit, berries, fruits and have been known to cause crop destruction. In captivity amazons must have plenty of fruit and veg. with a good quality seed mix (limit sunflower), millet sprays, nuts(limited) soaked seeds and of-course pellets. Pellets, seed, millet sprays dried fruit and nut mix with or without sunflower seeds are all available at Birdsville.
Pellets recommended are Kaytee pellets, Roudy bush pellets, Vetafarm pellets and tropimix.
Suggested fruit and veggies are apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, dragon fruit, rock melon, sweet potato, celery, beans, leafy greens (avoid lettuce), corn, carrot, capsicum and broccoli. There is a wide range of other fruit and veggies your bird might enjoy, just remember to avoid avocado, onions and lettuce and limit grapes.
These birds can become over weight easily if fed a fatty diet so watch your birds weight and give them a proper diet. You will have a much healthier bird as a consequence and generally birds that are fed a proper diet and given the correct environemnt are very unlikely to develope health issues.
As with all captive birds and animals its important to make sure there food fresh and the water is clean. Make sure old food doesnt accumulate on the bottom of the cage or bowls and keep perches and environment wiping them clean with a disinfectant. There are proper bird friendly disinfectants available birdsville.
Cages for Amazons
Yellow crowned amazons are large parrots and require a large cage for many toys, perches, food/water dishes, as well as sufficient space for them to move around and spread there wings. This eliminates boredom while caged.
Toys are very important for entertainment; choose thing that will make them think, things they can chew and destroy and some strong durable toys for longevity.
Don’t be afraid to take them out of the cage and simply spend time with them, as this will result in a much happier bird. African Greys need to have plenty of time daily outside their cage as well. It would be a good idea to look into a specially designated play area that provides them a change of scenery from their cage or a stand that can be moved around the house as the family moves. Any play area must be baby proofed. They will go after your power cords; they will chew your wooden furniture and anything that is within their grasp.
Cages, toys, stands and everything you need for you macaws are available at Birdsville.
Enrichment for Yellow Crowned Amazon’s
Toys are used as a form of environmental enrichment but enrichment shouldn’t stop there. As an ex zoo keeper it was a major concern that all animals must have a variety environmental enrichment to keep the critters entertained. This is in no way different for anyone who has a tame parrot at home. Enrichment is important because parrots simply can not thrive with only perches, food and water. The fact is birds provided with enrichment are unlikely to develop psychological problems such as self mutilation, feather plucking and excessive squawking. Enrichment WILL in fact effect your bird in a positive way with its mental and physical development when training your bird you will actually end up with a better, less fearful, friendlier and relaxed bird which will be more easily trained. Enrichment can be chew toys, play toys, leather toys, acrylic plastic toys, wooden toys, shredding toys, ropes, swings, ladders, bells, balls, birdie balls, plain card board,small boxes, wicker baskets, tray of wheat grass, plants, bird baths,different foods, food kababs, nuts, (all available at Birdsville) You may also find in your local area pine cones, hide food inside pine cones, twigs, bendy branches, flowers and branches- safe flowers are bottle brush, grevellia, eucalypt melaleuca flowers, hubiscus, marygolds, dandy lions leaves and all, roses, violets to name a few.
Note anything found outside should be disinfected and non poisonous and toys must be non toxic.
Enrichment tip- the trick to keeping them entertained is regularly rotating toys as they will become bored with the same toy in there cage day after day. Changing them regularly will create interest for your bird as if they are receiving a whole new toy to play with.
Worming- have you wormed your bird?
Your bird will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Young birds that have been recently weaned have a delicate bacteria’s developing in there gut, worming at this stage could harm the bacteria’s development and your new bird. Worming will need to be done
every 6 month. Worming your bird is essential for the health of all parrots in captivity.
Lice & Mites
These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes. Your bird Lice and mite bottle will explain how to use, remember avoid the mouth and eyes.