A Favorite Amongst Bird LoversAmazon parrots are highly intelligent, loving and incredibly social birds. When these green winged beauties are trained properly and treated aptly, they make for wonderfully devoted and talkative pets.
Amazons parrots come from warm and humid tropical regions including South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Approximately 27 species of Amazons exist, which is an unusually large parrot family. Only about a dozen of them are kept as pets in U.S. homes.
Most Amazons are predominately green, greenish blue and greenish yellow. These stocky birds are distinguishable by size and head feathers in combinations of colors such as white, blue, red, lavender and yellow. Their fanned out tails, feet and beaks also vary in color.
Sibylle Faye of Avianweb.com says that while regional differences are likely to exist, the better known species kept as pets in American households include:
- Yellow head/double yellow head (the best known Amazon);
- Lilac-crowned (trusting and gentle);
- Mealy (among the largest at about 17 inches tall);
- Red lored (affectionate and shy); and
- Yellow naped (good singers known for their human-like voices).
Amazon parrots are larger than life creatures and not just because they generally range from about 10 to 17 inches. These birds—with an average lifespan of 60-80 years—are noisy, talkative and playful.
Amazons are likened to a two-year-old child with the temperament of a 50 year old. So it’s not surprising that experts recommend owners are of the patient set and willing to learn about their varying moods. It’s vital that owners establish dominance while the bird is young.
One of the most appealing aspects of Amazon parrots is their ability to speak. They’re the most absorbent at 3 months to 3 years.
Though these birds are most active and chatty as the sun comes up and goes down they do enjoy there sleep. Approximately 10 solid hours of sleep is suggested for pet birds. However, some enjoy more than others. Decreased opportunity to rest can result in an ornery parrot.
Since most tend to have loud, gruff voices, they don’t make ideal apartment dwellers. When they are upset, for example, they have no problem displaying their angst through biting and screaming. Feather picking can also be a sign of distress or boredom in pet birds.
One of the most appealing aspects of Amazon parrots is their ability to speak. They’re the most absorbent at 3 months to three years. But, beware parrots aren’t known for their tête-à-tête etiquette. Some might talk while you’re talking, interrupt conversations or scream when you’re watching television.
Parrots love all sorts of genres of music. These showy, entertainment-prone birds often memorize entire songs, making them ideal karaoke participants.
Parrots can be prone to obesity; their low-fat diet should consist of pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables and some seeds and nuts.(They love snacks and aren’t patient when it comes to meal time.)Cages should be square or rectangular with towers and room to exercise. Toys and hearty sticks to chew on will help keep them entertained.
Amazons are possessive of their owners so they don’t make good pets for households with children. Males usually become aggressive as they reach sexual maturity at 3-5 years. They can also be unpredictable at mating season. A tell tale sign of a surly parrot is flashing eyes and a flared tale. Clipping wings and nails regularly can reduce outbursts.
Grooming is very important for the health of your bird and you should offer him opportunities to bathe regularly. For example, most pet stores offer shower perches so your bird can join you in the shower; another option is a shallow bowl of fresh water for your bird to roll in, while some birds enjoy splashing in the sink under lightly running water or being spritzed with fresh water from spray bottles.
The important part of grooming your bird is to learn what he prefers. Also, it's important to monitor the length and condition of your bird's wings, nails and beak. Many owners enjoy a fully-flighted bird; these birds should be supervised closely so they do not injure themselves while flying in the house. Feathers should appear smooth and shiny. Nails and beak should be monitored and trimmed by a professional when needed. Abnormal beak growth on alignment should be monitored by your avian veterinarian.
One very important step you should take while in the process of buying an Amazon parrot: locate a veterinarian who is experienced and comfortable treating avian pets. Many veterinary clinics with avian experience are more than willing to see clients for a post-purchase consultation. A veterinarian can be a terrific resource to help guide you toward choosing the right pet for your family and help prepare your expectations.