Yellow-spotted amazons are found in Northern South America, Venezuela and Surinam to northern Brazil; mainly in Amazon and Orinoco river drainages, in large rivers, backwaters, lagoons, and flooded forests.
Females migrate en masse to egg-laying sites. Dig elaborate burrows with labyrinthine tunnels. Egg laying takes place in February or March. 25 to 40 eggs are buried 12 inches deep in moist sand or soil.