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Amazona ochrocephala

Yellow-crowned Parrot

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae


Amazona ochrocephala

Carlota, Caracas, Venezuela; 11 January 2011 © Erick Houli

Widely distributed over the northern two-thirds of South America, south as far as northern Bolivia, and over much of Panama, the Yellow-crowned Parrot is well named for the fact that the yellow on the head, which characterizes the superspecies group, is generally limited to the bird’s forehead. However, the subspecies Amazona ochrocephala xantholaema, which is apparently confined to the Ilha do Marajó, in the delta of the Amazon River, has an extensively yellow face. The rest of the species’ plumage is largely green with a red speculum and small patch at the wing-bend, a pale orbital ring, and some blue above the bill and the face. The largely green tail has a paler tip, like other members of the superspecies.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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