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nick - 2011-06-02
As an expierence Nape owner (over 20 years), please think carefully before purchasing this parrot. Things to consider:

1) These are not good family pets. For those with a baby Nape or toddler Napes (2-3 years old or less), you may disagree, but wait till the sexually maturity of the bird begins. I probably did not get a bite that drew blood till he was about 4 years old (and have received, I am sure hundreds since, my hands are scarred) The Napes behavior will change and can be very aggressive even to the primary caretaker, depending on the birds hormonal changes. They would fit best into households with preferably no children or older children. A young child could be seriously hurt or scarred from an adult Nape.

2) Yellow Napes are endangered in their natural habitats. If you purchase a Nape, it should be from a reputable domestic breeder. There are many parrots that have been given up by their owners (consignment birds). Consider adopting one.

3) As much as I love my parrot, if I had to make the choice to do get him again, I would not. These birds are not really domesticated (only a few generations removed from the wild) and I am sure they would be happier in the wild. I am the only one in my family that my Nape tolerates. My wife and children are very freightened by him. Especially my 6 year old daughter who is terrified that my Nape will get her. It is not an ideal living situation for the Nape or my family. But I am trying to give him the best life I can, he has only bonded to me.

4) Please do not look at this bird for it's beauty and want to collect it. Chances are you will be sorry.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    I am not positive but pretty sure that most amazons become or turn into one person birds. However, I am also positive that many of the amazons may prefer one person but they will get along with other memebers of the family. The Napes and Double Yellow Heads can be quite jealous of anything they feel getting too close to their mate. The yellow shoulder, yellow face and even the little Panama may have a preference but are usually friends to all in the family. Not strangers though. I am sorry you are having this problem. Any thoughts on your part to finding Nape a mate and allowing him/her to breed? You can enjoy your fella with his mate and then you can enjoy the baby. Breeding is not terribly easy and can be quite frustrating but in some respects very rewarding.
  • reese - 2011-06-05
    I agree totally. I own one, have had him for 28 years. I think he is awesome but is a one man bird. He is totally a mans bird. He is aggressive and can nip me once in a while but not crazy like the above mans bird. He loves to play rough and loves attention only from me. I would not reccomend this bird to anyone
  • Kathy - 2011-12-01
    You are quite right. Why should any bird be in a cage? I have three parrots that have been given up by their original owners. No one wants a mature bird they are just not goods pets. I take care of the birds because no one else wants them and they can not be returned to the wild. I love them for the creatures they are not for the entertainment value.
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Jill - 2011-03-11
I adopted a blue fronted amazon. We believe it to be a female around 20-25 years of age. She has not spoken a word since we brought her home 3 months ago. If we reach into her cage she growls and snaps. She will come out of her cage on her own and sit on the top, but if you go over there and try to put your hand out she will move away or snap at you if she is crabby. We feed her from our hand each day, misc treats. She takes food from your hands very gently. We were expecting more of a family bird. Any suggestions on how to begin holding her?

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  • Mary - 2011-03-22
    I am having the same problem with my bird, he was my mothers so he knows us, but she has passed; so now he is mine. I went to the pet store and read that if you try to pet him/her when her feathers are flat against the body, it is best to leave alone, try petting when she is fluffed; like when she is preening, go SLOW. This worked for me. I still can't handle mine except on his terms and he knows me.:D good luck.
  • Cari Sakell - 2011-04-17
    Hi Jill, I just adopted an 8 year old Blue Front and when I first met him, I could not even pick him up without biting. Not only being neglected, before, was a pet with two young boys whom absolutely did him wrong, very scared of a stick. The way I communicated in the beginning, was, talking and chanting "His" language". He was very standoffish and took me a lot of patience for his trust. Long story short, He is my absolute, beautiful baby, very, very protective of me. I think, if you try to speak his language first, You will have a bestest friend for life. He protects me with his life, just takes patience. Speak his language first, never, ever regret that. Mine was older, neglected, and abused, before I had even acquired him. Don't give up, they are the most wonderful friends you could ever, ever have.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    A blue front can make and normally will make an excellent family pet. The Blue Front has an Independent nature at times (as many Amazons do) but they learn to love and trust their humans. Sounds like this one is pretty scared. She is also what I call cage bound. She knows she is safe in the cage and she is afraid to come out except on her own and only when she feels she can get back in fast. Continue to feed her from your hand. Cheerios, pieces of walnut, shelled sunflower - anything she can eat pretty fast. Then try and put a bowl full of this kind of treat in front of its cage but away from the cage. Put it on a table next to the cage. Put it on anything where the bird has to come out of its cage and over to the bowl - 6 inches then 12 inhes then 18 inches etc. Then hold the treat in your hand 6 inches, 12 inches 18 inches from the cage. Somehow you are going to have to get this little gal out and off it's cage and on to a wooden perch - neutral territory.
    It is going to take awhile so be patient and go slow. Somehow you just want to get him from the cage to the perch. Treats on the perch, toys on the perch. If you make a fist - real tight with the back of your hand facing the back of the bird there really isn't lose skin for the bird to bite. Start getting him used to the back of your hand. Feed him with your fingers and now he is getting used to hand and fingers. You talk, whistle, sing and listen and watch. If he is fluffed, he is probably relaxed. If his feathers are down and head low and forward he is probably ticked. If his pupils are going in and out - he will bite. Watch and listen to her and learn the body language. You are almost ready. The bird is used to your hand, used to your fingers, you are used to the bird so now you are going to say "UP" with a treat in your left hand and your finger out. That is position one. It takes time. Good luck and go slow. If you are nervous - so is the bird so just go slow.
  • mark - 2011-06-03
    I just rescued my first blue fronted amazon and she wasnt treated well I was told she was 8 years old and the first 7 years of her life was spent in the 19x19 inch cage she came with. I got to doing some research and I'm starting to think she is more like 26 years old. I still don't know for sure if she is a boy or girl YET. Anyway she was very scared and biting and screeching alot when I first brought her home. All I can say is BE PATIENT. Earn their trust. My bird is coming along great and I'm thinking about adopting another.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-07
    Thank You Cheryl. We are giving her treats. Now it is just trying to get her away from her cage. I notice each day when I walk up to her, her pupils are going in and out. Do these birds do that a lot or is she irritated that I am talking to her?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-08
    The eyes going in and out (pupils getting larger and smaller) and almost looks like the eyes are getting brighter is them on alert. They are wondering what to do. They are thinking should I flee, am I safe, should I attack etc. Who is this coming toward me? Soon you will be able to go up to the cage and her eyes will stay the same and her attitude will be more relaxed. She will learn not to fear. Just takes time. You can also try feeding her outside the cage - I know you are feeding her with your hand outside the cage but you could actually put her food bowl outside the cage and just put it back in the cage in the evening. Might get her out more.
  • lindalynnharrison - 2011-06-12
    I had a bird he had a 25 word v. when he tried to bite i would squ irt him in his face an say no. after a little bit he quit. Water bottle it works
  • Gene - 2011-11-21
    The bird is not socialized. She thinks she is in charge, and she 'owns' the place. Any area she can roam freely she will decide is her territory, and will defend it, especially since she thinks you are subordinate to her. You reinforce her perception that she is in charge whenever you: 1) let her come out of the cage on her own, i.e. rather than stepping up onto a stick and being brought out; 2) feeding her when she has done nothing to 'earn' it. Start a program of training 2x per day. Rather than have food available to her all the time, feed her 2x/day--after the training sessions. Train her first to step up on a stick. Reserve her favorite treats for her to earn during training.
joyce - 2011-11-10
I got my blue fronted amazon 3 weeks ago when I first went near her she attacked me I had to go to the hospital for a tetanus as she bit hard on my lip so as it didn't put me off her I stop all people coming to visit after a week she has come on to my hand let me tickle her neck played with me. However my daughter stayed over for a night and the next morning today she started to go for me and tried to bite me is she jealous? I feel this is a step back for us help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    How old is your Blue-Fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)? Is she an older bird that came to you from another home where she was possibly abused? It definitely sounds like she is jealous when you interact with other people, that sounds like it is the reason for her aggressiveness. Blue-fronted Amazons often pick a 'favorite' person, however if they are socialized frequently with many people (and from a young age) they can be friendly with many people. If she is an older bird, it may take a lot of time, patience, and socialization with other people to turn her around.
  • joyce - 2011-11-13
    She is 3 years old she has bonded to my daughter who only visits once a week I'm with her all day and night I feed her clean her but she doesn't like me help I don't want to part with her but feel I have no choice she just won't bond with me HELP ...joyce
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Hillary - 2011-10-25
Hi, I have a yellow nape named Paco. We thought she was a boy for 15 years, until he laid an egg! ha ha. Her name is still Paco though. She is now 42 years old. I've had her the whole time. She was 1 when I got her. She is an absolute joy. She's gotten friendlier with time. She's extremely affectionate. I've been reading about some parrots here that have gotten mean as they age. I have a friend with a yellow nape that's really mean to certain people. It's a male. I wonder if the male birds tend to be meaner?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I don't think it is a male/female thing. I believe that parrrots go through life stages like humans do. They are babies and love the cuddle and pet. They are a typical two year old and into absolutely everything and sometimes get a little difficult. They are 3 year old and there is a peace once again. Then there is puberty and a teenager and they can get difficult once more and quite independent and want to show their human that they are boss. Then they become adults and settle in. They have their human trained and except for some jealousy at times are quite wonderful to live with. Much depends on the parrots stage of life and how it's human interacts with them and how socialized they are.
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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

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Pam - 2009-02-07
I have had my Mealy for 3 years now. I just love my LeeRoy. He is so gentle and loving with my family even my 80 year old grand mother holds him. He has to love Nannie every night before he goes to bed. I bought him because I always go for the underdog and he definitely seemed like the underdog in the birdstore because only the people that worked there would handle him. Not being the brightest colored bird no one seemed to want him. Now I wouldn't trade him for anything. He used to "ride" on my Labrador's back (we lost her in March of 2008). LeeRoy really misses Whitney. He talks almost all the time and has a very large vocab. When Icome home from work everyday he says "Hi Mom" Then "Umm Bite Apple", meaning hi mom can you get me some apple... He is such a joy in our lives and I think he loves my Nannie more than me.

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  • sharron - 2010-05-20
    Hi I've had my mealy for 9 years now! And when you talk about your nan it's my youngest daughter mine is obsessed with!...been like that since she was a baby! And now she's 7 he's still the same he follows her by walking not flying even though he can!...and also I have 4 labs and breed them and he's always on their backs and barks like them and also tells them get bed ...oh and feeds them! And when we have puppys he has get in basket with them, be honest I think he thinks hes a dog! We got another amazon orange winged rescued for him oh he loves her but still he likes to spend time with the dogs!
  • cute - 2011-10-11
    Does he watch t.v. and eat with you?
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Kathy Baumann - 2011-10-03
We have a pair of white fronts they have had two babies they are now 4 weeks old and feeding on their own with some help still from the parents. My husband seems to think they are both males. We would like to sell them do you know what we should ask for them each??? And when we should seperate them from parents??


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    White fronts cost from as low as $250.00 up to $750.00. The ones that are $750 is the full retail price - which is frequently negotaible in a pet store. The reason for the higher cost is they have no idea how long it will take to actually sell the bird and they are responsible for all costs associated with keeping the bird. If you want to sell them, then I would go from $200.00 to $250.00. When to remove them from the parents - you should do that now. Amazons are a little frisky/indpendent much of the time. White front is calmer but not a mjaor exception. The earlier the amazon is hand fed by humans, the gentler the bird is going to be. They should be handled, held, cuddled. Just lay them on a towel on your chest and let them get used to humans. They should be pet and talked to now - also separately and together. Many breeders start hand feeding at 10 days old - before their eyes are open and many others incubate and feed from day one. Where people get testy amazons is because they weren't truly hand fed, hand held and then lack of socialization. It is hard to sell a bird that can't be handled.
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Bright - 2011-09-27
Why does my 23 year old Amazon parrot sleep so much? She seems healthy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
    I don't know what you man by 'sleep so much?' Given their own regular schedule (in the wild), they would normally go to sleep when the sun goes down and wake when the sun comes up. However, if you have to get up at 6 am - so before the sun comes up, they wake up. If you have them watch TV with you at night - they normally stay up. In the wild, they take rest periods during the day - just sorta sit around but they would be up if you were playing, talking to them or activity around the home. So is your little guy sleeping way more than this? Not active? Not playing or talking or interacting? If he is lethargic and not playing or active or his behavior has changed recently, you should take him to the vet. 23 is pretty young.
Natali - 2011-09-24
I have a male double yellow headed amazon parrot that I would like to sell as my husband and I work all the time and just don't have enough time to spend with him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-24
    Hi, how about you give people some additional information. Sex, age, speaks, friendly, feisty - they usually are -
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imelda peraga - 2006-09-17
My name is Imelda and we have 2 male yellow naped amazons. Nando can sing the whole song Oklahoma and applauses by sound when I sing Karaoke. Emmo says "good job" after I sing. When I knock, I don't show myself first and they say, "Hello, who is it? What's your name?. When we are ready to go to work, they say,"Bye guys, I love you? If we are still sleeping, they don't make noise till they hear steps, then greet us "Good Morning". If they are ready to sleep, they tell us" Good Niiiiigght! If someone sings bad in the karaoke, my birds say "don't do that! One day my daughter Danda was going to get emmo out the cage and emmo said "Come here!" She placed her arm and emmo says "step up, go over there!" Danda was very surprised and giggling.
I taught that to them, now they tell Danda what they want to do. While I'm cooking I always talk to them and they say it over and over again, like "who is my pretty good bird? Give mommy a kiss! MMMM tsk! You like it?" You want some water? Once my two birds sings Oklahoma, my dutchhound dog Maya sings with them too. I had a ball.

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  • Imelda Peraga - 2011-09-10
    You can watch in you tube and search for "nando sings oklahoma"
  • David Brough - 2011-09-11
    The video is awesome! I just posted it on the Yellow-naped Amazon page. Thanks for sharing!

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