Yellow-headed Parrot Amazona oratrix

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Janet M. Ruth

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Yellow-headed Parrots exhibit a variety of shrieks and whistles. Screams are described as raucous but mellow and include a rolled kyaa-aa-ah and krra-aah-aa-ow, a deep, rolled ahrrr or ahrhrrr, and whoh-oh-ohr, a throaty, rolled rrohrr, as well as human-sounding wow or ow sounds (Howell and Webb 1995, Juniper and Parr 1998). In captivity, Yellow-headed Parrot is considered to be one of the best "talkers", readily mimicking humans and other sounds; this ability has resulting in great demand for Yellow-headed Parrot in the pet trade, contributing to its rarity (see Effects of human activity on populations) (Ridgely 1981, Juniper and Parr 1988).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Yellow-headed Parrot can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ruth, J. M. (2015). Yellow-headed Parrot (Amazona oratrix), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.