The yellow-shouldered amazon is mainly green and about 33 cm long. It has a whitish forehead and lores, and a yellow crown, ocular region and – often – ear coverts and chin. The bare eye-ring is white. The thighs and the bend of the wing (“shoulder”) are yellow, but both can be difficult to see. The throat, cheeks and belly often have a bluish tinge. As most members of the genus Amazona, it has broad dark blue tips to the remiges and a red wing-speculum. Its beak is horn coloured.
The yellow-shouldered amazon call is a rolling cur’r’r’k.
In the wild
The yellow-shouldered amazon (Amazona barbadensis) also known as yellow-shouldered parrot is a parrot of the genus Amazona that is found in the arid areas of northern Venezuela, the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla, and the island of Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands). It has been extirpated from Aruba and possibly also Curaçao.
It feeds on fruits, seeds, and cactus flowers.