The yellow-shouldered Amazon is a very special bird. They are a smaller species of Amazon with a fantastic personality. Yellow-shouldered Amazons are bright green with a face variably colored with blue, yellow, and white. They are somehow similar in appearance to blue-fronted Amazons but are dignified and noble in appearance by size (yellow-shoulders are smaller) and facial coloration. Yellow-shoulders have yellow on the face and crown with pale coloration on the forehead and white eye-rings. Extensive patches of yellow-tipped in red adorn the shoulders, and the wing speculum is red. Primary and secondary flight feathers are green with blue tips, and tail feathers are green with yellowish-green tips. The beak is horn colored. They make great family companions and can be outstanding little talkers.
Yellow-shouldered Amazons can live up to 50 to 60 years or more when taking well care off.
Appearance and Personality
Yellow-shouldered Amazons are intelligent, inquisitive, and very bold. Males, in general, are much more common than females and tend to become quite aggressive. Juveniles are generally tame and can be handled for a short time. They are active by nature and are not so prone to obesity as other Amazons.
Yellow-shouldered 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. Our Young Amazons are socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling by friends and wing and nail clips to avoid the fear of novel situations.
We feed our Yellow Shoulder Amazons a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, fresh kale, broccoli, carrots, apples, and peppers. All fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed to remove any harmful chemicals before being fed to the bird. We also feed a variety of Uccello seeds, pellets, and nuts. Feeding pet birds the right foods is essential for their health. A balanced diet based on sound bird nutrition recommendations is the key. Balancing a parrot’s diet from the beginning may prevent many health and behavior problems.
Yellow-shouldered Amazons are very active and should be provided the largest cage that space and budget allows. Ideally, the minimum cage size for this bird would be 30" long, 22" wide, 63" high with 3/4" wire spacing.