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Kim - 2012-05-23
Hello I have a blue front amazon parrot have had him for about almost 5 months. I was told he was 4 yrs old and they were not sure if he was male or female. As far as I know he went from breeder to 2 different owners, a male for over 3 yrs then a female for 3 months then I bought him myself. My Question is this at what age should he talk really good? He says small things but very very limited laughs alot and screams more then anything and never sings is this normal? Also he has had many different names breeder called him Kiwi male called him Pedro and the female called him Rudy so myself and my family call him Rudy should we try and call him all 3 names or keep to the last one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-23
    Let the little one pick his name. Go down a list which can include the 3 names plus a whole bunch of others. Pick the name he responds to. You will be saying Rudy, Kiwi, Bob, Bets, Sinbad or whatever and the sound he likes he will give you some sort of responce and let that be his name. If he responds to Rudy - then let that be his name. Amazons can learn to speak at any age. The more they are talked to and hear TV, radio and humans talking to them - the more they are going to talk. He probably hasn't really started talkuing yet because of so many owners but he will - onc he starts - he won't stop. Put words to his actions ie 'food' 'up' 'hug' 'scream' play 'peek' laugh and say 'laugh' put words to things he does or sees.
  • Kim - 2012-05-25
    alright thanks will try that for a few weeks see if it does any good
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Melissa Ann Knapp Wilbur - 2012-05-23
I have a 5yr year old one wing amazon. I rescued him he lived in a parakeet cage for 4yrs he is my love my heart and he knows I rescued him. He was so mean when I got him now he follows me all over the house :)




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Denzel - 2012-05-20
I have OW for about two weeks now and I believe she is 4 months old. She loves to screech and whistle and so far only says morning. She hates strangers and is very sweet. She comes out of her cage a lot and has a great time while out!!! She is a great pet I am glad we got her :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Yes, they make an excellent pet. They are normally timid around strangers. Don't foget to start with the 'step up' command so it will be used to you picking him up. Start putting words to things he does now. Step up, kiss, hug, pretty (and you can pull his wing out and say pretty), etc
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elaine - 2012-05-13
I inherited my yellow naped amazon last yr, but have interacted with her for about 5 yrs. No one knew for sure if she was male or female but we all assumed she was a she..well Baby is about 25yrs old and she just night before last laid her very first egg...she is so in love with me, my husband says she loves him also but shes in love with me...did that cause her to lay an egg after all this time..I do spend all day with her and we are very close and hands on, she wouldnt allow her former owner to do any of the things we do with her. She allows me to hold her upside down and she has bitten me many times...I just keep on with her and even tho it HURTS I just keep at her...I took the egg away and put it up and she doesnt seem to miss it..what would have caused her to lay an egg after all this time?

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Cliff - 2010-03-11
I have a Panamanian Yellow Head named Nicky. We have had her 22 years. Loves women's voices and singing. She eats everything, coffee, tea (both preferred hot), especially fatty foods like butter, bacon, sausage, chicken bones, beef fat. Basically anything I eat, that is what she wants. Of course seeds, fruits and veggies. She is from Panama and has several spanish phrases, laughs, crys if someone is crying. Has been a wonderful part of our family. Has anyone else heard of a Panamanian being such a carnivore?

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  • Ricardo - 2010-11-01
    Yeah! I have a Panamian too, his name is Roberto, he likes eggs (boiled or scrambled), cheese, also love chicken bones, and ham, even fish, but we don't like to feed him that; he also love seeds, peas, and flower buds.
  • Tomas - 2011-01-09
    Yes I have 2 Panamaian yellow heads is there a sure way to tell the sex, is the female without the yellow forehead? Just green ..
  • Boris - 2011-11-30
    Yes, our Pepe (male,ca.25years old)is really crazy about butter. He steals pieces of bread right from our breakfast table just to lick the butter out from the bread. He also prefers corned beef and salami. I'm really not sure if this kind of diet is suitable for a parrot. So we try to look after him especially if he's near the table.
  • Greg - 2012-04-29
    All of my parrots (Amazon, Grey, Jardines,...) will eat meat/animal products if I let them. I would really suggest that you not let them, they put on lots of unhealthy calories that a pet bird rarely burns off. I give mine a little high-omega-3 hard boiled egg during molting season, but that's about it. They eat load and loads of colorful fruits, greens, flowers, etc.
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Henri - 2010-10-17
I have just got a new bird orange winged amazon. He is with us for about 10 days and I am worried because he is not social and seems angry with us. He is aggressive even when I try to change his food or water. Will he act like other parrots? What can I do to make him feel comfortable and safe? It has been told to us that he is a wild bird.

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  • Karen - 2011-02-01
    Dear Henri, I hope by now your OW is more social to you. I had a wild African Grey many years ago and it took some time for the Grey to be comfortable around my former husband and me - even so, the Grey become more bonded to my former husband since it was him who played with him where I was the Grey's housekeeper, cleaning and feeding him/her most of the time. I think with the more interaction you have with your OW, over time he/she will become a great companion for you!
  • CATHY - 2012-04-16
    Hi I got an orange wing too , and when they showed me his personality it was so sweet. Then he growled at me when I tried to get him off his perch,, but this is a bluff! ! They will get on a stick then your finger , they are not turning on you. They just all need a stick to get up on first I dont know why but that they way the are! ! And the scream was a big shock! ! I didnt know a parrot could be so loud! ! And I got him from a rescue place. When you're not happy you bring them back an lose all your money! ! Cant resell! ! What a jipped! ! ! But he doesnt scream after they get comfy in your home. I have a sports whistle that I blow in when he screamed and he stoped or I leave around 5 o'clock he screamed 4 times and thats all , so he a sweetie doesn't bite so I feel sorry for parrotts that go to people that don't know how loud they can be only to get stuffed in a closet or worse. Sell him if your not happy! ! ! Change water often cause they dunk their food! ! !
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christy hall - 2012-04-11
I have a 11yr old green cheeked amazon we named Tucker. We got her from a pet shop that had got her from a breeder. We don't know how many homes she's had. She was in a tiny cage with one perch and no toys. We got her a huge cage and a lot of perches a swing and some toys. She will not play at all or come out of her cage. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get her to play? She loves fresh fruits and veggies. Sweet potatoes, grapes and apples are her favorites. She's beautiful and sweet very quiet loves for us to talk to her and loves her baths. I just dont know about the playing. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-11
    My guess is she probably never had toys (or sure not for a long time) and she is pretty much cage bound. She is afraid to come out of her cage. Put a screw on perch on the outside of the cage by the door. Put a screw on food type bowl by that perch. Put her favorite foods in that food bowl. All she has to do is just sorta sneak out and around the door to sit on that perch and she gets her favorite. Stuff. Let it be like that for a week or more - untill you can see she is relaxed and eager to eat that good stuff. Then move the perch and the bowl just a few inches at a time - finally to the top of the door - going up toward the top of the cage. On the other side of the perch (ouside the door but maybe 3 - 4 inches away from the perch) place a toy. First thing is to get her out of the cage. The foods she likes should accomplish that. Talk to her - sing, dance, act funny etc. She will learn by your antics to start and play. She might be 11 years old - but she is really 3 years old dressed in a feather suit. So be a nut, have fun, sing and dance. You play with the toy. You play with any toy. Play with a ball, play with a bell, toss the bell, have fun with it. Play with a pine cone. Take a pine cone, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, take it out and put peanut butter or nohey on it. Yes, it will be messy but she will play with it. So get her out of the cage with the screw on perch and a screw on food bowl and her favorite foods. Be patient. Then show her how to play. Sounds nuts but if she is a typical 3 year old - then you play like a 3 year old. OK? Let me know how you do. The idea obviously is to have her do the 'UP' but if you get her OUT of the cage and you get her to play, I don't think you will have an 'UP' problem.
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Sarah Mildred Landgraff - 2012-04-07
I have a 24 years young red lored named Billie whom I rescued from a very neglectful owner back in 2007. She is a wounderful bird even after years of neglect. She came with a couple health problems which required vet visits severel times a month. Even after years of no vet care, toys even food at sometimes, she is the biggest lover on earth. Loves to sing, talk, bathe and snuggle me and my husband. Billie is free flighted and flight trained to come when called and fly to 'her' perch on command. Some people 'trash' is anothers best friend for life. She is my best feathered friend.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-07
    I am happy for you. I think it is absolutely totally wonderful that you have found a treasure.
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Abdulrahim Sn - 2012-04-04
i have amazon but not come in my hand. Help me please .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-04
    If he is a young bird, 3 months or under, than he is probably afraid of losing balance. They will grab your finger (just a grab not a bite so don't get nuts or nervous) but they use their beak to balance. He will grab your finger and then climb up. Birds go up trees by climbing using beak and feet. If it is an older bird and he is being difficult - the idea is to get him off his cage - on the floor or on your bed. Get him out and off and away from his cage, preferably on a perch. Feed him treats - fruit loops, toast, chicken with your hand till neither of you is nervous. If you make a fist with your hand and bend you fish into your arm - the bird can't bite you as there is nothing to grab. Tuck the thumb in. OK - now the bird can't bite and you can place your hand close to him and even let him try. He will realize he can't bite you and you will be less nervous. Then take your hand and place it gently under his chest and lift saying 'UP' Then have him be on a perch or back of a chair and lift him from the chest and say 'UP' Then when you get him doing that make your hands go one on top of the other and sorta force him to climb your hands like stairs saying 'UP' and good bird etc each time. It is more you have to not be nervous. You are a big fella next to that little guy - he is scared. I realize you don't want to get bit but he doesn't want to get hurt so go slow until you both are comfortable. If he is young - just go on and pick the fella up.
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Robbie Dudley - 2010-08-26
I have a RED red laren. He is red except for the blue around his neck, we assume it's a he. His name is Billy Bob. Sometimes he gets moody. But most of the time he is loving. He talks quite well, especially when he wants one of us. He calls us by name. When we are leaving he says" I 'll be back!". He barks at the dogs. We keep his cage at the window, he sees the birds and whistles. He is a treasure.

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  • ELY - 2012-03-13
    How cute! Congratulations on youre new wonderful pet.
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