The Amazon Parrot

Quick Facts

- Best for experienced owners
- Best solo or in pairs
- Medium- large size
- Medium activity level
- High Trainability
- Medium sociability with people

Amazon Parrots are native to the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. There are 27 different species of Amazon Parrots and several subspecies. The Blue-fronted Parrot, Yellow-fronted Parrot and the Orange-winged Parrot are some of the most popular Amazon Parrot species seen as pets.

Temperament:
Amazon Parrots are intelligent and highly trainable; their intelligence is comparable to that of a 2-3 year old child. They are high maintenance birds that require a daily commitment of at least a couple of hours. They are best suited for experienced owners. They can be dominant and aggressive if not well socialized and properly trained.

Amazon Parrots are excellent talkers and capable of learning a variety of words and phrases. They are considered the second best talkers of the Parrot world, second only to the African Grey; the Double Yellow-headed, Yellow-nape and Blue-fronted Parrots are the best Amazon Parrots for learning to talk. They can be very noisy, especially if bored and are not the best choice for apartment dwellers as they may disturb the neighbours. They are active birds that are very dexterous and love to play with toys. They love to chew and can be very destructive, and will chew on furniture and other inappropriate items if not given chew toys.

Amazon Parrots require a large sturdy cage made of wrought iron or stainless steel. It should be a minimum of 40-45 inches tall with about 30-40 inches of floor space. They require lots of toys to play with and chew on; they should have some toys that they can picked up with their feet and some soft wood toys they can chew on and destroy.

Amazon Parrots are usually affectionate good-natured birds. However, they can be moody, stubborn, dominant and aggressive at times. To maintain a stable balanced bird, owners will need to commit at least a couple of hours each day to their Amazon. Having an Amazon is just as much of a commitment as having a dog. Amazons kept as a single pet tend to bond closer with their human family, but require more attention.

Appearance and Care:
Amazon Parrots are medium to large sized birds that measure 10-18 inches from head to tail and weigh 200-800 grams when full grown. Amazons are stocky birds with short tails that are usually predominantly green with markings of vibrant colours.

Amazon Parrots can have a strong smell and produce a lot of dander that may affect allergy sufferers. They should be given the opportunity to bathe daily to help keep them clean. Most Amazons love bathing and enjoy having a bath daily. When needed, they should have their nails clipped and their beaks trimmed.

Health and Diet:*
When well cared for, Amazon Parrots can live 50-75 years. They are susceptible to several health problems. Owners should watch for obesity, vitamin A deficiency, aspergillosis, bumble foot, bronchitis, chills, cataracts, scabies, overgrown beak, internal parasites, conjunctivitis, constipation, crop binding and crop sickness, impacted gizzard and enteritis. An ill Amazon Parrot may become inactive and have a decrease in appetite; it may have noisy breathing, ruffled feathers, cloudy eyes, weight loss and sneeze often. At the first sign of illness, they should be taken to their veterinarian.

A balanced diet is very important in maintaining the good health of an Amazon Parrot. They should be fed a diet of seeds and pellets, and fresh fruits and vegetables. A good quality Parrot seed can be purchased at most pet stores. All fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed to ensure they are clean of pesticides. Most Amazons enjoy melons, grated carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, nuts, oranges, mustard greens, apples and bananas. Fruit should always be carefully deseeded before feeding as most fruit seeds contain cyanide and are dangerous. Their water should be changed at least once a day.


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