Animal Stories - Amazon Parrots


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Matt Robertson - 2005-12-25
Fido moved in with me 22 years ago and is still just as energetic as s/he was as an infant. This bird never bites, and exhibits a remarkably even-tempered, companionable disposition. S/he seems happiest when perched on my shoulder, snuggling into my cheek, or exploring around the home (preferring to walk rather than fly). If you put in the time to be this bird's friend you will be richly rewarded. However, LCA's have a bellowing screech that belies their small size, which Fido reserves for when s/he decides that less-intrusive bids for attention are not achieving the desired result.

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Bob Rzepka - 2010-06-06
Paco is 10 years old. We got him at a pet shop when he was not yet weaned. We had to learn how to feed him before taking him home since he was not yet ready to crack seeds. He has a large vocabulary, laughs and coughs. He does't mind our dogs and is a big part of our family. Our household would not be the same without him.

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  • Maritza - 2010-08-28
    I just got myself a yellow head amazon the guy told me she is 2 1/2 month almost 3 she is still on formula once a day and starting to eat. My question from your experience, I have her now for almost 3 weeks, she doesn't want to come with me I have to force her to come, I talk softly I feed her, carry her the most I can I take her out of the cage the is not so big because of the weaning process that she is learning how to eat. How long do you think it might take before she get more sweet, I try to have everybody touch her and talk to her. Thank you, for your answer..
  • audra - 2011-07-26
    Birds get attached to one person and they don't like anyone else. I had a bird for about three years. He was my best friend he went everywhere with me and I sold him to a family and he was very mean to them. He would not eat or anything. They called me and I went to there house he came right to me. When you buy a bird buy it as a baby because when you buy one that is older it is attached to the owner that had it before.
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molly price - 2012-02-21
I have a three month old yellow crowned amazon parrot that I got almost a month ago and I hand fed him. He is tame and starting to talk. I love him more and more each day but they are like having a baby they are a lot of work but well worth it good luck....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-22
    Make sure he MEETS many people and have him just sit in someones lap and top of his head pet. He doesn't need PASSING AROUND but introduce him to others and socialize him. You'll have a better and more content companion.
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Mary - 2011-07-26
I bought a yellow headed amazon about a month ago. He is such a great pet. He loves to talk. Anything you say to him he will say back. These birds are great pets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    They are fantastic. Touch/hold/pet/take him a lot. Take him out to the store. Get him used to those birdie leashes. Let others pet him. Socialize him as much as possible. He will be
    YOUR MATE but then he will learn there is a big flock out there and that it is OK.
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Christopher Gordon - 2007-06-14
Sammy is my male double yellow headed amazon parrot, and he was hatched in 1991. I got him when he was 7 years old, and as of the date of this comment, we've been together 9 years and he's currently 16 years old. He was rather overweight when I first got him (I don't know much about his past, and his hatch-year I got from tracing his leg band ID), but with a big change in diet and exercise, he slimmed down from about 600 grams to abou 460 grams. He has a King's cage model 306 (meant for macaws) with toys I rotate monthly. Sammy is fully-flighted and has been for most of the 9 years I've had him. He is getting better at coming when called (we have structured training sessions for this), and is a joy to me. However, he's very much a one-person bird, and can be rather aggressive toward anyone else who comes near him (or me, if he's out with me). This could be prevented if he was socialized better, but most of the people in my life aren't bird-people, so it's hard to get him to be friendly with others. He gets a home-made base diet that has about 2/3 China Prairie sprouts (a mix of various hulled seeds and legumes) and 1/3 veggie mash (a mix I make myself, including "frozen mixed veggies", various fruits, dark greens, and high beta carotene veggies, along with some diced tofu and ground hard-boiled eggs with shell, kept frozen in ziplock bags), mixed together in his food dish with a sprinkling of a green powder from China Prairie that has spirulina, kelp, alfalfa, chlorella, mineral clay, and lots of other good stuff. He gets other healthy treats and an in-shell walnut or two almonds each day as well. He's unusually snuggly (with me) for an amazon, plays well with his toys, and can be very entertainingly vocal. I haven't tried teaching him specific words or phrases, but he's picked up lots over the years on his own, including calling my name (Chris). All in all, he's been a joy in my life, and I look forward to a few more decades with him.

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  • julie wiggins - 2010-02-19
    My dyh is 6 and I live alone so I very much wanted her to be social. So I have brought her to work on Fridays all these years and last year she got very aggressive with several people. I ran into the breeder and she said it sounds like you have a male. Where I bought her from the certificate said female but I took her to my vet and did another dna. Indeed she was a he. The advice I received was to not bring him to work anymore and to leave him home where he was happy and not stressed. It saddened me though because I adore him/her so I just wanted to share her and have her where if something ever happened to me that she would be easily adoptable.

    I still refer to Gypsy as she because so much of her vocabulary is good girl, such a pretty girl etc.
    I have a Quaker (feather plucker) and an African Meyer but Gypsy is my favorite, she is really a companion
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phil - 2006-04-09
My Mexican Red Head is named Lolita...and when meeting someone for the first time the way I know if she likes that person is this: She will introduce herself if she feels like this new person will be interesting. She softly says "Lolita," then loudly says "LO-LEEEE-TA." She is an escapee from hurricane Opal in 1995, and I called her down from a tree then. I never found her real owner, so she has been ours since. She will be 13 this coming December, according to her hatch date on her band. She absolutely runs the house, calling "Momma" to help her. If no answer, she hollers "MOMMA !" at the top of her lungs until Momma responds. She loves to party, the more people the merrier. We think the world of her, but I do not recommend them to anyone who is not experienced with Amazons. they can be demanding, especially in the morning when breakfast time comes around, and in the evening when it is Happy Hour Time. Then she really shines, tearing up newspaper on the table and playing "Fetch" with her Mom. She throws a ball (with holes in it) and tells Mom to "fetch, Mom." She actually laughs at her, appropriately.

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Penny - 2008-08-03
I just lost my Green Cheeked Amazon, Polly after being owned by him for 24 years....He was 51 as far as I know. He was supposed to be 26 when we got him. I am still in major grief mode as you can imagine. I don't know how I will fill the void. I do not plan to get another bird as I'm in my 60's and would not want to leave the bird behind. It's very nice to read comments about all you people who have parrots and love them well as I did my Polly. He died peacefully in my loving hands. Just wanted to share with someone.
Penny
Valier, Mt.

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  • Mark - 2010-10-09
    I have a green cheeked Amazon named Chloe and he is 15 years old. I bought him from a pet store when he was still being hand fed. Chloe was raised on a Kaytee pelleted diet. When I get food for him and start to bring him food he was say "go ahead" as if approving. He coughs when someone coughs and says " hurry up get your clothes on the bus is ready "quite a bit. He also likes to call out random names of people. With eyes flaring he will often reach out to try and bite strangers that visit all the while laughing at every attempt. He has been a very good pet and as far as amazon parrots go hes Id say better behaved and somewhat quieter than some Ive had. Hes very protective of me and acts like a guard dog against any else that comes near me when he is out of his cage. At 15 he is well feathered and healthy and still talks and chatters quite a bit. However I would say hes toned it down a bit not quite the chatterbox he was when he was 5. Hes been a very good pet and I will never part with him although I would have liked to have gotten him a mate by now I'm not so sure he would handle that as well he would have years ago. Chloe is one of a kind for sure.. always watching me to see what I'm going to say or do as if he already knows. I tell him everyday that I love him and he watches and listens and moves closer to me. Thank you to all for your stories of your pet birds that inclined me to say something myself.
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JP - 2005-10-28
I have a double yellow headed Amazon named Harley and she is almost 6 years old. She is the funniest bird i have ever seen in my life. She can imitate any sound she hears and can say just about anything. When she talks, she keeps me laughing for hours and she loves to show off. Whenever she see's someone she says, "I'm A Bird! I'm a Bird!" and then starts laughing. She is a bit wild at times, and although I raised her from the time she was 3 weeks old, she bites when she gets excited and wants to play with you. Dispite that, she has a great personality and she always keeps me entertained.

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  • Cheryl - 2011-06-06
    We also have a double yellow named Harley. He is 8 and my boyfriend has had him since birth. "What up" is one of many things he says. He has recently taken to squaking and we aren't sure way. Any thoughts?
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Phil Berry - 2009-02-12
Our Green Cheeked Amazon (Mexican Red Head) is a female named Lolita. I found her in a tree after a hurricane in 1995. She came to me immediately. I had no cage and no experience, but since she was banded, I thought it would be no problem at all to find her owner. DUH! The band contains breeder-specific information only. Suddenly I was owned by a Parrot. I bought books (pre-internet) and asked questions. I am fortunate enough to know a couple who own a pet store and specialize in large birds. They have always been a great help. Fast forward some 13 years + and we are still a happy flock. She loves her "Momma," who does nothing to maintain her save fixing her breakfast, while I get a whistle, although a special one. Over the years she has won five awards, including most social bird, at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in May. Everyone loves her ----- except my three children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Today is my 70th birthday. Do the math and you will see I am entering the desperate age. Someone who will love her and give her a good home has to appear on the horizon soon. Oh, she has a hatch date (we think) of December, 1993, making her 15 +. She has 40 to 60 years ahead of her yet. We are keeping this in mind, but until necessary she is our baby. She insists we sit with her every night from about 6 to 8 PM for her "flock hour."

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  • Rose Marie - 2010-07-05
    We have a Mexican Red head, we think its a boy, his name is Marvin, he's about 7 yrs. I know what you mean by getting attached, We have spent about $4,000.00 on him when he got sick. He has been from California to Mo., Mt.Rushmore, Grand Canyons, Utah, red woods, sitting on my husbands shoulder. He says, Hello, want an apple,whistles a tone and can give a wolf call, and a lot more. IF you need someone, give us a call
  • Marie - 2010-12-21
    I am curious, have you find a nice home for your bird? I do have one and I love that bird.

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Bunnie Ann - 2011-07-14
Just found this page, wow! I have been "owned" by my parrot for about 33 years. I got her at a garage sale, yeah, funny huh? I think she? was about 5 at the time. Her/ his, do not know, and was told it is a her, so that is what I go with! Anyway, her name is Isis. She has attacked all my friends and two women never gave me a second date... because of her. All in all though she is a wonderful pet and we get along fine. She eats about everything I eat, though I do not give her meat very often. She loves to chew cardboard boxes to shreds, and she ruined a very expensive book, it was worth more than her! I imagine that she will outlive me, and she will go to my ex?, and if not I will post here to see if maybe someone can take her. She is like my child and I do love her, she knows it and seems to take advantage of it. I used to take her for walks on a leash but got out of the habit but, still trying to get her to let me put the leash on her again. She fights me until I give up. She got stolen once but managed to get away, we found her 3 days later in a tree in the neighbors yard. We all were very happy, and she was ravenously hungry! She loves the car, and has traveled to most of the states with me. What a pet. Wish I could post a pic here.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    That is what happens. A human is trained by the parrot and once the human knows, understands an dobeys the rules there aren't any problems. My 26 year old parrot will march up and down outside the door until my hubby leaves the room. He will stomp his feet, holler and just pace until my hubby leaves the room. He won't bite or attack but just will not let me next to my husband while he is around.
    He is my mate - the bird not the husband. That is how your parrot sees you. You are it's mate - and she (probably a gal) will chase any other possible suitors away. Weird right but fun. It's a Panama? My Panama just got married and had babies last year. He was 27.
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