The yellow-headed amazon is known as one of the world's great mimics and that is why it is threatened heavily by the wildlife trade. The bird's appearance varies over it's range - it has only a mask of yellow in some locations and a completely yellow head in parts of Mexico.
This species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Redlist.
Countries we work in
Guatemala (and previously in Honduras)
In Guatemala, this species had a historic roost site on a mangrove beach facing the Atlantic, but in recent years the beach has eroded and the ocean risen. These changes killed the birds' roost trees. The species has now dispersed, which has made monitoring their population more difficult.