Amazon Parrot Pictures and Descriptions
Yellow Nape Amazon
The Yellow Nape Amazon is one of the most talented talkers of the amazon species. This very intelligent member of the amazon family will usually start learning to talk as young as 4 months, and their capacity to learn new words and phrases increases as they get older. This is one of the few parrots that can have a beautiful singing voice and is often taught to sing songs from the opera.
The young Yellow Nape Amazons do not have the yellow on their nape. This usually starts to develop at the age of 1-2 years and is not fully developed until about 5 years of age. Depending on the sub-species, a Yellow Nape Amazon may, or may not, have yellow on the top of the head, and one sub-species does not develop the yellow on the nape. The Yellow Nape is also one of the larger of the amazon species, reaching a total length of up to 15 inches.
Although the Yellow Nape Amazon can be a wonderful talker, it is not a pet for everyone. The owner of a Yellow Nape must develop and maintain a dominance over this amazon to help curb the tendency to become aggressive and tempermental. It is not uncommon for the Yellow Nape Amazon to become unpredictable and extremely aggressive at maturity, especially during breeding seasons. They think of their owners as their mates, and their jealousy and possessiveness may even cause them to attack the person that they most care for. During these times of the year, it is usually best to keep most amazon species caged so that they don't seriously hurt someone.
As long as potential owners are aware of the tendencies of the Yellow Nape Amazon, properly train them, and take necessary precautions during breeding seasons when the parrot is mature, the Yellow Nape Amazon can be a very good companion bird and a constant source of entertainment.