Double Yellow-Headed Amazon


The double yellow-headed Amazon is rarely shy, rather this Amazon parrot is outgoing, intelligent and possess a strong personality. Sometimes considered a “drama queen,” owners should supervise the double yellow-headed Amazon around strangers and practice behavior training daily in order to keep them active. Double yellow-headed Amazons are known for entertaining an audience, be it talking or singing to the crowd.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Obesity is an important concern for the double yellow-headed Amazon’s health. Provide your pet bird with a balanced, low-fat diet supplemented with plenty fruits and vegetables as well as foods high in natural beta carotenes, such as carrots, beets and sweet potatoes. Double yellow-headed Amazons are susceptible to vitamin-A and calcium deficiencies, psittacosis and poxvirus infections. Double yellow-headed Amazons can be territorial during breeding season according to Diana Holloway, former president of The Amazona Society. Female double yellow-heads are often more girlie, demonstrating nesting behaviors such as hiding in the sofa or kitchen cupboards, while males are more gregarious and tend to strut around, said Holloway.

Expert Advice

“Double-yellowheads are feisty, intelligent and so much fun. They love to show off and are the real clowns of the parrot world. They will do anything for a laugh.  DYHs are so intelligent, so keep your Amazon busy with plenty of toys and interaction. Prospective Amazon owners should do their homework before deciding to bring one home as part of the family, as it is a lifetime commitment. Double yellow-headed Amazons are very social parrots. They are great talkers and love to interact with their flock (you)”

Pat Michel, Mays Landing, NJ, bird owner

“Also intelligent, excellent talkers, lots of noise, can be volatile.”

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Mexico/Central America
Medium, up to 14 inches
Life Expectancy:
50 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Very good