Nonnatives - Yellow-headed Parrot

Yellow-headed Parrot - Amazona oratrix


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1970

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species have populations whose status is unknown.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  At least 10 years, 6 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild. This species also breeds in cavities which might limit the number available to native cavity nesters.

Species Account: Native to Mexico and Belize, where it inhabits tropical deciduous forest, gallery forest, and tropical lowland evergreen forest. There was some taxonomic confusion between this species and A. auropalliata and A. ochrocephala.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Broward 1970's   Not reported breeding Reported probable breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Dade 1970's   Not reported breeding Reported probable breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Hillsborough 1970's   At least 10 years Reported confirmed breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Palm Beach 1970's   Not reported breeding Reported probable breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Pasco 1970's   Not reported breeding  
Pinellas 1970's   Not reported breeding  
Saint Johns 1970's   Not reported breeding  


American Ornithologists' Union. 1983. Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington D. C.

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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