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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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Rain - 2006-02-16
Our OW amazon is called Bubba and we have had him for just over a year. He is now a year and a half old and makes us laugh all the time. He is the most loveable pet you could ever wish for and is deeply dedicated and loyal to my boyfriend and I. He loves to roll on his back and have a fight with our fingers, he loves to imitate us laughing and even laughs when he is having a fight! He likes nothing better than walking under our duvet cover and trying to nest....I think it is because it is so warm under there. He seems to love dark places and always tries to climb under the computer desk. He does not talk all that much but more than makes up for it with bizarre noises and imitations. He loves having kisses and cuddles with us...we can even stroke him when he is lying on his back! I would highly recommend OW amazons as pets...they are awesome and so funny! Never a dull day when Bubba is around!

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Susan Rinehart - 2010-08-21
I adopted "Cody" from Tucson Avian Rescue Assn. (TARA) in August 2009. He had been through two owners previously. The first owners were apparently drug dealers, who one day tossed the poor bird between themselves, like playing with a ball! As a result, his left wing is permanently damaged, and he will never fly. Her other owner was a truck driver, who used to take the parrot on cross country trips. His home was in Phoenix. Somehow, Cody made his way to Tucson, and into the rescue. Once I saw him, I fell in love with him. We guesstimate his age to be around 8 years old. We brought him home, and he adapted very quickly to our routine. He is a one-person bird. I am his mate, and if my husband tries to interact with him, Cody lunges at him. This bird is my very best friend. He loves to get his head scratched and massaged before he goes to birdy bed. He rides on my shoulder, and loves to sit on a perch in the computer room with me. He just loves being with me, and I would recommend a LCA to anyone who loves a sweet companion, and a true friend for life. Cody can be noisy, especially if he wants to get on my shoulder if I am busy, or when he is waiting for his favorite meal of fresh peas. But that is a small price to pay when I consider what a pleasure he is to share life with, and I can be happy knowing he is in a much better environment than he was before.

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Rashid Iqbal - 2012-02-07
Hi folks,
I just recently got my Yellow Crowned Amazon I dont know what is the exact age. I just want to know and make sure that if he is a real Yellow Crowned Amazon because he got a very less yellow color on the head (comparing to the pics available on web) and rest all th ebeak color, green body with red on his shoulder are ok and identical.
your kind comments may help me to identify if he is a proper breed/specie.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    Age is a tough one, the only way to know for sure is to determine the hatch date. If you can find the breeder, you may be able to determine both age and confirm the species.
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Sonia Rodriguez - 2011-10-15
I got my R-L-A since he was born i hand feed him, well i was the only one ever can touch him ever he is a lil bit of a talker , dont talk to much can only say few words. and all that is all good,i cant live with out my bird, on the last year i or we became homeless and ofcourse what he was used to now he had to get adapt to my friend well come to find out she is my best friend, more now is she is the only real friend i have. well sometime i go 2 ,3,4 days to go babysit or to do a side job, so i comeback his happy am happy,now my tito has creat a good relation with my friend darla and he let her scratch his head he goes on her sholder he flert with her we thing he got a lil crutch on her. but on the last week he attact ME if she in my room talking to me he chanch his voice and get her attention and if she goes and flert with tito, and i go near hin he will attact me , am not mad because she love my bird and he love her.make sad because i feel that he is mad at me for being homeless, he was to comfort at our place i feel so quilty, that my bird end hatting me, he is all i have.please help me with this he scratch lastnight for hours, and i dont find any probleams ,what can i do. if anything ever happen to me my best friend darla be the only person i will like tito to ever be with darla, am glad they got a good "realationship: i feel sad for tito bcuz darla cant help him if he is in love with darla , is really nothing she can do other then be nice to tito,he is 9 year old bird. (? the is to late to tito make love to another
bird? HELP

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jadon hooper - 2008-11-06
I got my OW parrot 18 years ago. Does anyone think that is too long to have a parrot? Should I take her to a parrot zoo to be with other parrots and better enviroment?

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  • monique swartz - 2010-02-28
    if you get rid of the bird, know that the parrot got used to your voice and your senses.
  • Usako - 2010-04-29
    No, your parrot is bonded to you and would miss you very much if you did that. Parrots are for life, 18 years is nothing.
  • barb - 2010-12-03
    You should own your baby until it dies, if possible. Your baby should be just like a kid, would you get rid of your child once they turn 18, no. If she/he is happy and healthy, keep it. Don't get rid of it because of age. These birds can live into their 40"s, 50"s or longer.
  • Robert Tilton - 2011-05-11
    I've read somewhere that orange winged amazons can live about 35 years, I've had mine for 26 years years. The separation from you and putting the bird in a new envirionment would be very stressful for the bird.
  • Kristen - 2012-02-04
    Jadon, if you love and are happy with your bird, why would you give her away? Especially if she loves you back. It may be the worst thing you can do to your bird. These birds require a life-long commitment. They are flock birds and choose life-long mates. If there is a bond between you and your bird, don't do it unless absolutley necessary. You could ultimatley break her heart.
  • Rebecca Nyerges - 2012-02-20
    Orange wings live 60+ years if well cared for. I was just given a orange wing and he is great:) If you get rid of a older bird its best to try to give it to a person that will give it attention its used too...
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