Bryan Brillhart Photography Presents Dig Imperial Beach "Bird of the Week", the "Yellow-headed Amazon"
May 07, 2016 09:12PM
By Paul Spear
Bryan Brillhart of Bryan Brillhart Photography presents us with the Dig
Imperial Beach “Bird of the Week”. The column will provide a picture of a bird(s) locally photographed and we will have background on the bird. This week’s bird is the “Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix)”.
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Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix)
This week’s “Bird of the Week” is the non-native exotic, Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona
oratrix), also known as the yellow-headed parrot and double yellow-headed amazon, an endangered Amazon parrot native to the lowlands of North-eastern Mexico to Northern Veracruz. They have occupied California for so long now — more than 50 years, by some accounts — they are considered by Fish and Wildlife to be naturalized. They live here in increasing numbers, and their squawking sounds like coughing or bird laughter, depending on where you line up with their presence. The current population of between 3,000 and 6,500 is decreasing. The main threats to its survival are the illegal export of trapped birds from Mexico to the USA, and the destruction of habitat. This species was introduced, and now populates, urban communities of southern California with mature trees. The exact point of introduction of many wild parrots and conures has been the subject of urban legends throughout the state.
They gather in large flocks being noisiest in the morning and evening. The characteristic screeching heard of these birds usually occurs when traveling en masse to new feeding areas. The average clutch size consists of 4 eggs, which are incubated for about 28 days.
Their diet in the wild consists mainly of seeds, fruits, berries, flowers and nectar. Measuring 38–43 centimetres (15–17 in) in length, it is a stocky short-tailed green parrot with a yellow head. It prefers to live in mangrove forests or forests near rivers or other bodies of water.
Look for this very colorful bird high in the palms and perching on power lines. Their loud calls
make them easy to spot around Imperial Beach. Just another wonderful bird to see in our amazing community. Until next week, Good birding!