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Amber Halub - 2008-11-19
My grandparents have had a female Amazon Parrot since at least the 1970's. Then in 2007, she was viciously and brutally killed by a badger that got into the house by our doggie-door. We have been mourning her death ever since she passed on July 11th, 2007. She was a great pet, a wonderful friend, and very comical. Her name was Apollo and we miss an love her very much.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-18
    Sorry about you loss, it must have been hard on you. I had to put my White eyed conure down a month and a half ago because of biting issues with him. I have a quaker parrot Odie, lutino cockatiel Lola, and a green parakeet named Brady. I've always wanted a Amazon but could never afford to buy one. Good luck to you.
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Kathleen M - 2008-11-19
The Red Lored is very loyal and affectionate and likes to roll about on the bed, in your lap and sometimes be tickled on the belly or toes while laughing. Mine likes to hear and say phrases with feeling and deep emotion. He also likes the tape and DVD of Red Lored's that Mike Schindlinger PHD made during his Harvard studies. (It's only a few dollars, and Spunky likes it right up next to his ear while he eats. He also likes sharing my headset.) He says "Are you OK?" "Hot" for hot food and warm dinners. He will eat too many seeds and too much food, so we limit his a.m. and p.m. feeding of pellets to 1/8 cup of Roudybush rice or other pellets and really limit any seeds - just seeds as treats. He does like milk thistle as a treat. I slice an almond and that is his favorite. Treats should never be bigger than the parrots's eye in my opinion! He also likes cooked veggies like brocolli and yams and carrots and of course peas in the pod - like for chinese food. Once he played a trick on me when I was in the bath tub and left him alone in his room on his cage - instead of responding to my calls as usual, he hid behind his carrier and didn't say anything until I got out of the tub and walked in the room dripping wet all wrapped up in the towel. I couldn't see him anywhere, but he popped his head out from the carrier and said "Are you a dirty bird?" Which is what I say before he gets his bath. He also laughs in a high squeaky way when he sees his toys and other "funny" things to him! Like my friend Claire that has blonde hair and wears red - he does his "happy dance" whenever he sees her, even if she's outdoors. He loves a cartoon show on T.V. called "Big World" on PBS that has a bird in it! He can count -- it does take him 2 weeks to get used to new toys before he will play with them, and he needs to see me play with them first too. Chewing is his fav passtime and he likes to make chewing gum out of paper and carry it around in a little ball until his beak is clean inside, then he spits it out. Cheers, K.M. and Spunky

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Gina Donnelly - 2008-09-26
Update on Ginger, our bird of 32 years. He didn't make it. He passed away this morning. We had a very good Vet and if he could be saved I'm sure this vet would have done it. The Vet just moved to Columbus, Ohio from Westminster, CA and also teaches at Ohio State. It's difficult to find doctor's just for birds so if you have a wonderful pet bird make sure you get one lined up just in case. Lot's of vets treat birds but not all can really handle extreme emergencies.

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Bobbi - 2008-09-25
My OWA did not turn out to be a good situation. The seller said he was tame and talking, but turned out he was NOT tame OR talking, a biter, and had a serious screaming issue. I had him for a year and did try hard to make him pet quality but he never really came around, and everyone in my home had enough of his brainshaking screams. I was forced to rehome him and he is now in a breeding program and is doing fine. I encourage potential buyers to have a lengthy visit with the bird they plan to purchase, and if you can't handle it, find another! Keep in mind there is no rush in getting a bird, and they live as long as hummans so the right selection is very important.

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Gina Donnelly - 2008-09-24
We have had our yellow nape for 32 years. Ginger was a girl until about 6 years ago and we had her DNA'd. The Vet left a message on our phone. "Congratulations, Ginger is a boy". We still call him Ginger. He has a huge vocabulary. When the phone rings he calls "Teri, it's for you". Sometimes he uses one of our other 4 children, but Teri was the phone kid. He still calls every dog and cat we've had for the last 32 years. He has always been sweet but became irritable when our children all left home. They are all in their 40's now. He became a terrible feather plucker and required lots of attention & noise - like kids give! We are in the process of moving permanently across country. Therefore, Ginger is living in our office. Today was a sad day for sure. A customer brought her dog in and Ginger pecked the dog on the nose (which he has always done to our dogs). The dog attacked him and he is now at the Vet's on oxygen. Ginger stays on his cage but he goes to the bottom outside to greet. He is like a member of our family. The Vet gives him a good chance but he also was diagnosed with liver disease which they say is common with the yellow nape.

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Bobbi - 2008-08-27
I am in the process of adopting a previously abused 7 year old male bluefront amazon. I don't know a lot about his previous home before he was in foster care but I do know that he was locked in a cage most of his life with a sibbling. Now separated from the sibbling he is stepping up for anyone and hasn't bitten a single person(yet). He wont let you pet him, he backs away if you try, but I'd have to say that's pretty good for a bird locked up all his life. I tend to have to think that although he may have been locked up often, he had to have had some positive interaction becuase he steps up and a 7 year old bird that had never been handled would not do that. And he also talks so again that tells me more then likely someone, at some time, was interacting with him. I have a lot of hope that he can become a friendly happy bird with time and training and even enjoy being petted. Amazons need to be appreciated for their drama and playfullness, and vocal abilities. Unfortunatly, the same qualities that some cherrish are the same things others think are problems. And some birds, like the one I am adopting, get locked away. I like the feeling it gives me to help a bird have a happy life that has not had the greatest past. I know I could just get an already tame and socialized baby but this bird needs a loving and caring owner and I know I could be her.

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K. P. - 2008-08-27
I have a beautiful Yellow-naped Amazon who is 11 years old. I broke my back last month and have to sell him and his French special-ordered cage, as I cannot care for him, and financially, I am forced to make this tough decision. I live in MD.
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Kirsten - 2008-08-20
Please anyone tell me more about these green winged amazons. I'm getting one either tonite or tomorrow and all I know is that it needs attention. All info. is appreciated hopefully I can get some very shortly so I know what to expect and what to do before I get this beautiful bird in my household.


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KiKi - 2008-08-15
I got my OW from a breeder when he was 3 weeks old. He is now 2 months old. He is really active and affectionate! I have fun making him different things every day. Its great to watch what he really loves and what he doesn't. One of his favorite things I make for him is whole wheat waffles with tons of fruits, vegetables, and seeds in them. I say hi to him so much I think that will be his first word! He hasn't started "screaming" yet.....

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SANDRA - 2008-07-06
I think i have a white fronted amazon but the head is almost totally yellow with the red mask around eyes...is it possible?

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  • SC - 2010-03-17
    my vet told me when the spectacled amazon turn yellow head is usually they got sick, you might check with your vet too, hope is helpful for you
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