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Double yellow-headed Amazon are probably the most popular and well known of all Amazons. They are intelligent, inquisitive birds and remain relatively easy to handle. They are well known for their talking ability. Mature birds, especially males, may become aggressive. They are relatively common in captivity and often available for pets. They are active by nature and have a tendency toward obesity if closely confined.

Double Yellow-Headed Amazon Colors and Markings

As its name suggests, this bird has a yellow head; the rest of its body is green. There is a ring of white around the eyes, and the beak is horn-colored. In young birds, the head includes some dark gray, but gradually, the crown becomes steadily more yellow with each molt. In young birds, there are small areas of red on the shoulder. The adult head color does not fully set in until the bird is at least 6 years old. The ratio of yellow may gradually increase as the bird ages. 

Males and females look the same. To tell them apart, your bird will need genetic testing or surgical sexing procedure.

Caring for the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

The double yellow-headed Amazon is an athletic bird that likes to clamber around its given area, and it loves to fly if there is enough space. It is a strong bird that can be destructive; cage materials should be sturdy steel. Give your bird the largest cage that is practical and fill it with toys. At a bare minimum, a cage should be 3 feet square with a play gym on the top. Equip the cage with perches of various dimensions. 

Make sure to provide this bird with toys that can be joyfully torn apart, such as items made from wood, leather, and acrylic. An obliterated toy equals success to a bird; it’s satisfying to them. Without enough toys to shred, this bird may set its sights on furniture and other belongings. Challenging toys are a must for this bird: a bored double yellow-headed Amazon will quickly become a destructive one. 

Appearance and Personality

Double yellow-headed Amazons are relatively large, stocky green Amazons with yellow over the entire head extending down to the shoulders in mature birds. The beak is a pale horn color. Prominent red splashes are found on the shoulder. Primary and secondary flight feathers are green with blue tips. Tail feathers are green with yellowish green tips. Red patches are found on the outer tail feathers and yellow coloration occurs around the lower legs.

Double yellow-headed Amazons should always be provided with toys, blocks of wood or branches that they can chew. In order to ensure safety, companion Amazons should not be allowed unsupervised freedom in the home as they often encounter toxins or dangerous items. Young Amazons should be socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling by friends, wing and nail clips, etc. to avoid fear of novel situations. They need to have some space for exercise.


Amazons should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded) diet as a basis for good nutrition. The diet should be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables daily to add variety and psychological enrichment. Feed approximately 1/4 to 1/3 cup of formulated diet and 1/4 to 1/3 cup of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Monitor food intake. Overfeeding leads to pickiness, selective feeding and wasteful throwing of food. Because of their tendency to obesity, double yellow-headed Amazons should be fed no sunflower or safflower seeds or seeds should only be given as treats. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds that are eating a formulated diet.


Routine bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and skin condition. Birds can be misted and allowed to dry in a warm room or in the sun, or gently dried with a blow drier. Care should be taken not to clip the wing feathers excessively as Amazons often fall and injure themselves. Clip only the primary flight feathers and only enough so the bird will glide to the floor. Double yellow-headed Amazons are heavy bodied and care must be taken not to cut too many feathers. Excessive wing clipping can result in injuries from falling.


Double yellow-headed Amazons are very active and should be provided the largest cage that space and budget allows. They should also be supplied with a retreat to guard against insecurity and fear responses. Ideally the cage should provide room for flight. One inch by one inch by 14 gauge welded wire is a good choice for cage construction. A suggested size is 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall by 8 feet long suspended 4 feet above the ground or floor.

These Amazons are amongst the best talking birds, second only to the African Grey parrots. Double Yellow Headed Amazon is prized worldwide for its ability to replicate human voice and mimic familiar sounds with precision. With their high intelligence, and clear, deep voices, these parrots are famous for their ability to memorize entire songs. From birthday tunes to operas and pop songs – you will always be amazed at these feathered, goofy singers.

They are pretty similar to other closely related Amazon breeds but with a few distinct and unique features. The body is almost entirely colored in a tropical, toned down green. On the very top of the wings, there is a patch of yellow and red feathers, and the little thighs are yellow as well. The main difference is in the head color. As the name Double Yellow Headed Amazon suggests, the entire head is colored in a bright yellow, giving it a simple but still unique and lovely look.

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