YELLOW-HEADED PARROT (Amazona oratrix belizensis)
The Yellow-Headed Parrot can be found in the lowland pine savannas of Belize.
The parrot has bright green feathers, a bright yellow crown on the head, white eye ring, and red patches on the wings. A beautiful parrot, their ability to mimic speech and sounds makes them popular as pets.
The Yellow-Headed Parrot is gravely endangered in Belize due to poaching, deforestation, and wildfire.
Poachers steal chicks from nests (cavities in mature pine trees) and sell them to the pet industry.
They often cut down nest trees to get the chicks which destroys habitat for future nests. Yellow-Headed Parrots only reproduce in the wild, only laying two to three eggs per year, so their population recovers slowly.
Natural populations have been reduced, globally, by as much as 90%.
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