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Krista - 2010-03-26
We recently found a yellow headed amazon parrot and he hasn't made a sound. Is he just shy or could it be that he just can't make noise? We are worried that he may have been abused by whomever he escaped from.

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  • paul - 2010-05-05
    Hi don't be alarmed one advice is to change the surroundings and dedicate yourself to the bird and make him feel trusted by you. They are really smart and they can tell when you mean them good from bad. Just take time with him and he will learn almost anything you teach him. You have to be very subservient and build a relationship that will break the ice.
  • carol hayden - 2010-05-10
    Hi Krista, I have 2 male smaller parrots, both rescued birds. It took them 2 full years where they know they have a permanent home. Now they are very relaxed and like my routine. Both parrots are experimenting with new sounds daily! I sing my words--they like that and copy me.

    Just give your parrot time. Enjoy him for starting a new relationship with you and remember it takes time for him to get over being lost.
    Keep praising him and playing with him and hiding his food in the cage and he will "come out" of this quietness. Parrots love to play with their owner!
    Carol and BeBe and Bravo
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Donna Gant - 2010-03-16
I adopted a 24 year old BL-Front , he spent his whole life living 8-months a year outside, then brought in for winters. Bit his only last owner. When we met it was love at first sight! His last owner was a man, needless to say he hates my husband. He lets me do anything with him. I love to hear him laugh, as he rolls on his back , he loves to be tickled. I was wondering why does he smell so sweet, like a fruity flower?

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Jane - 2010-03-13
Hi all. I ran across this interchange & I agree entirely with so many of you. I don't have a yellow nape, but have a blue and gold macaw named Sebastian. He's 12 years old. He is the love of our lives, but my husband and I realize that bringing him into our lives was actually making the decision to be a parent to a smart, cute, active, funny, but very DEMANDING two year old for the rest of our lives. He loves us all, but I think the nature of their usually bonding with one mate for life also makes them prone to have one person that they favor of the others. I'm SO glad that we have that little boy. He is a center of our world, but we were also lucky that my husband and I were in the perfect position to spend all of the time and attention with him that he needs. Our daughter was 18 when we got him and was another caretaker and buddy for him until she went off to college. Recently, my husband and I retired.

People really need to know what they are getting into when they purchase or adopt one because they do require much more love and attention than your average dog or cat, IMHO, and many times - as is the case with Sebastian - they have a long life span & may outlive you. Also, if you are absolutely sure you want one, it really is an excellent idea to adopt one before you consider buying. I've seen many who need a good home and I think that unless they have just gone crazy with grief from lack of attention (which happens to some, by the way & extreme feather picking is a symptom), you can usually make them very happy again very quickly with just telling them how great they are & encouraging them - just as we do with our kids. :)

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victoria derrick - 2010-03-08
how can you tell if a blue fronted amazon is a boy or a girl

- Victoria Derrick, Florida

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  • Barbara - 2010-04-20
    The only way to tell is to have your bird DNA sexed. There is no physical differences that you can see.
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Angie - 2005-09-29
Harley is a two year-old yellow-front that I bought as a baby. He is a challenge at times, but is great company and a lot of fun! He talks, mimicks voices and laughs hysterically. He chews up his toys and everything he's not allowed to if I'm not looking. Going outside on his leash and harness is an exciting adventure. Harley is a great companion!

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  • Char - 2010-03-04
    Never heard of taking a bird out on harness and leash, how?
    This has to be beyond cute.
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BirdLova - 2009-09-20
I adopted a Blue Fronted Amazon two weeks ago, and though she's very tamed and came from a good home. She won't let us pat her or touch any parts of her feathers. She steps up for everyone in the home. She's not a big talker but makes this awful grudging noise when you put your hands near her. We love her, but not sure if she's the right one for our family or if we just need to give her more time. I have other birds in the house and they were different getting adjusted. Does anyone knows if Amazons are known for not letting you pat them?

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  • j smear - 2010-02-17
    We have a 12 year old blue face and she fusses when you try to pet her. The more you gently handle her the less she will fuss.If you think she will actually bite you you could wear a leather glove. Try associating food with touch and always move slowly and gradually. The more you show fear of her the more you will empower her. The more you interact with her the better.
  • John - 2010-03-18
    You have to be a little more patient and give him more time, have one person only try to put his hand near him and eventually he will be more tolerant and you will enjoy his company.
  • Barbara - 2010-04-20
    Birds are different from any other pet. Some adapt really quickly, others do not. I have one who adapted in a few days and another that it tooks months for. Because of their intellect, you must gain their trust. Having said that, I wanted to let you know that I have never seen an Amazon parrot that liked to be touched on it's back. I think that may just be an Amazon thing and Amazons always growl when you do something they don't like. That's your warning..lol Amazons are not cuddly birds. While they like being held, it's usually on their terms and I have never seen a cuddly blue-front. Hope this helps.
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LESLIE SIGMON - 2010-02-06
This comment is to Suzy Wiberg. If you are interested in someone taking your bird email me. I have a yellow naped amazon that needs a companion.

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Ana Victoria - 2009-12-30
Amazona auropalliata is an endangered species here in Costa Rica. Once widespread, now becoming very scarce. Because of the fact that many want this parrot as a pet, there are many poachers in this country that trap these psittacids. You can see many cages full of young birds, many of them die. If you want a pet, get a homeless dog/cat, not an endangered species like this one. I hope you don't erase this comment.

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Jonas Ellgaard - 2009-12-10
My girlfriend and I have two young male red lored amazons. We got them both from a breeder and they have been handfed from the first day they hatched. They are just wonderful. We had bought one first 'Junior', but decided to get one of his siblings as well. This way we can leave them for half a day, or even a whole day, as long as they have enough fresh water and food. They are very affectionate birds. 'Junior' who is five days older then his little brother, has cast his love and affection on me, whilest the younger, has taken to my girlfriend. They both get to fly two to three times a day. We let them out in the morning while we prepare their morning snack and they both enjoy watching us prepare their food. If we start this before they are let out, they will become very vocal and upset. They like to cuddle and when they fly in our livingroom, they often land on our heads or shoulders. They often groom us, like they groom each other. They use their beak to go through our hair and also my beard get the same treatment.
I am a merchent sailor and I am away for 4 weeks at the time. The first days when I am gone, the older bird, sits on the latch above the stairs and calls out to me. He does eventually stop this. When I enter the house again after four weeks, both of them make 'happy sounds' and lighten up. If they are not let out at once when I get home, they will be very vocal again. As soon as they are let out, they both fly to me and start chatting as if to let me know what has been going on while I was away.
Red Lored or 'Yellow cheeked' are very social birds, and they love company. They are very trusting, even to complete strangers to them. As long as people are calm and soft spoken at first, they often fly over to guest and sit on their shoulder and groom them as well.
They are both great company for my girlfriend while I am away and we both enjoy them when I am home as well.

Jonas Ellgaard,

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Irwan Fahmy - 2009-12-05
I got my OW when I went to a pet shop. He was quite sad and I noticed that he has been in the pet shop for nearly 2 years. He just stayed on the perch, with chain. I felt pity and decided to buy the fella. He was quite aggressive and shy during the 1st day of arrival. After a month, he settled down well and allow me to scratch his head as well as taking food from my hands. He just a young bird and I suspect that he came from the wild. He is also socializing well with my other 3 Amazonz. Now I'm happy with Chip and I will take care of him for the rest of my life.

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  • Donna - 2010-03-30
    I got my OW from a seller on craigslist and I am glad that I did. I am certain that he would be dead now had I not. I don't think they ever handled him or they did something to him cuz he freaks out about hands. I must say though in the 7 months that I have had him he has made a lot of progress. However; I believe that due to his unfortunate surroundings ie...filth, roaches, lack of stimulation etc...He does not even know how to be an Amazon. He was sick but we have a wonderful avian vet that treated him and we can tell he is grateful. He does not know how to play with anything and I have tried everything. I even drove to NJ several times to the worlds largest bird store just for him. He acts as if he does not know how to hold onto anything, falls from perch quite often. Vet says there is nothing medically wrong. Can anyone offer some advice on how to turn him into a playful bird that knows how to walk across a perch or up/down cage without falling? Nothing would make me happier than to see him actually engage in something other than sleeping and eating. Except him talking of course, he only chirps like the parakeets he was caged beside for who knows how long. Please Help.
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