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phil gillespie - 2007-12-11
I have a yellow nape. I rescued him from a very very bad home, and when i got him home he had molted terribly. He was very nippy and wouldn't allow anyone to touch him, and he squaked in fear. I spent hours and hours a day sitting outside his extra large cage just talking to him and reassuring him i wouldnt hurt him in any way. Over a period of weeks he began to trust me and allowed me to rub his head and feet, but he was still kind of nippy. Not giving up on buddy, i began to get his trust and he was letting me hand feed and rub him under his wings. He was also beginning to talk to me. Seeing that buddy was banded i guessed he was born in captivity and his wings had never been clipped. I would let him out of his cage and he could fly for short distances. Now after a month i could let buddy out of his cage, go sit down, and he would hop across the floor until he found me. He would crawl up my pant leg, roost on my shoulder, and mumble in my ear. I have had buddy for 5 years now and he is the most wonderful bird with a vocabulary of about 70 words. What i have noticed is that i am the only one buddy allows to handle him the way i do. I guess he bonded greatly with me. I have also noticed when i am not in the room for buddy to see me, he squawks until he gets my attention. I also have a giant alaskan malamute named cody, he weighs 170 pounds, and a female siberian huskey named josie. Buddy has learned to call cody and josie and it is the funnyest thing to see my two dogs coming to see who's calling them, and its buddy. I would highly recommend a yellow nape to anyone willing to spend the time to teach and get to know the personilty of their bird, because they are wonderful birds.

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Angela Kate Brown - 2007-11-03
I have owned several parrots over the past 20 years, and after the death of my precious Cockatoo several months ago I just didn't think I would ever be ready for another bird. I had a chance to get an OW that needed a home, although it was so much sooner than I had counted on. At first I was so overwhelmed by this energetic, laughing ball of green feathers that I didn't realize she was showing me how much she liked being in her new place (even under the watchful eyes of 2 cats). It took very little time to establish a small household routine that she seems to like, and a little adjustment with her food. I knew from a past parrot that Amazons can be moody, so she has certain toys that she can beat up on, and she will even chase me to get them out of my hand. I can also tell her happy and content times by her movements and sounds. She is always watching my expressions and words like she wants to talk, but only manages to 'squawk' out the sound. These pets are just like children, so you need to remember to monitor everything they are doing outside of that cage! Life is never dull with a Parrot.

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Mary Ellis - 2007-10-01
I had a beautiful pair of these lovely inquisitive exciting birds but unfortunately due to a wasp sting my cock bird (tiger) died which has left me with Tammy my female. I am desperately looking for a male for her as she has become so lonely and quiet since he has gone.
Although my pair live in an aviary I am in with them every day so that they are not only very lovable to me but also have the freedom to do their own thing when they want - I am not interested in breeding them, as I think there are enough unwanted birds around already.

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Marie - 2007-09-28
Rio is my Red Head Amazon. He is 13 yrs old. He loves showers and the spray bottle, whistles to part of that mayberry song from years ago, kisses, talks up a storm like 'pretty boy' and 'good boy', and makes meow sounds. He says outside/Rio Rio Rio and then sometimes he will sound like a male and then change to a female voice, especially when my sweetie is here and we get into a conversation. He joins in with all kinds of jibberish, like he is having a conversation with us. When I get home from work he wants to be with me 24/7. He hangs out with our two cats and our dog during the day, flies around the house, and loves being on the porch listening to the other birds. He stays out of his cage most of the time. The only time he screams is when he sees a stranger walking down the street. The whole neighborhood can hear him (alert). The best watch bird I've ever had, even better than our dog! He is greatly loved and will be spoiled rotten for many more years to come! E LOVE OUR RIO...

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Joan - 2007-09-05
Hi, my family got Robbie, our Orange Wing Parrot, about a year and half ago. Robbie is great! He was almost 5 years old when we got him. He loves a lot of attention and lets you know when he wants it with loud squaking. He won't let us touch him but he will let us open his cage so that he can climb around on it and play. I hope that one day he will trust me enough to touch him. He has really taken to me (mom) - he does not trust my husband to get too close to him. Although, he will let him put him to bed at night. If I (mom) put him to bed at night he cries just like a baby. It will break your heart! I recommend an OW Parrott to anyone that wants a companion. Robbie is great!

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Sue Sep 1, 2007 - 2007-09-01
My husband and I just bought an Orange Winged Amazon today from a wonderful bird breeding store. We already have parakeets and a Green-Cheek Conure, who we got at this time last year.
I had wanted an Eclectus female, but my husband fell in love with this bird about a month ago. We have been back to the store twice already to see the Eclectus babies that were there (and already spoken for) and my husband just played with Clemmie. So when we arrived today, "Clementine" (we named her) was still in the store and not spoken for. She actually called to me when she saw me come in. I had her sit with me for over an hour and of course, I am now totally in love with this bird as well, so we decided to take her home. She is still being hand fed and will move in next weekend.
I believe it was meant to be because her acutual birthday is our wedding anniversary, June 15th. She is going to be another great addition to our pet household and I cannot wait for her to be with us! I'm impressed with what I have read about this particular species already on this site and other locations.

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GEORGE READ - 2007-08-28
I had a Blue-Front a few years ago until he was bird-napped. He was previously owned, i guess. The shop where I bought him said that he was apparently "abused" as he had plucked most of his feathers. It took well over a year for him to even let me touch him, much less get on my hand. but he did and developed into a beautiful bird, and eventually spent most of the time on my shoulder when I was with him. He ate with us and had free range of the house. He would not make up with anyone else, except my aunt when she kept him for me at her place. Then he wanted nothing to do with me, but when I took him back home he was my buddy again! A one person bird... I really miss him, i just hope that he is happy.

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GEORGE READ - 2007-08-28
This goes back to the days of sailing ships... In 1919 my grandfather got a yellow-naped from a Boston friend who in turn got it in South America. He saw them himself when he was in SA himself. They have no idea how old he was, but he was a talker even then. He had his likes and dislikes. He kept in good health, until he died at the same time my grandmother passed away in 1974. I know that this was a long time ago, but I thought it might be of some interest...

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Allison - 2007-08-18
Despite how wonderful this site is, not all of the YNA's traits have been discussed. The biggest thing is that while there are YNAs that enjoy the whole family, it is also extremely common for them to bond to ONE person, which causes friction in a household if there are other people there. For instance, my YNA has bonded to my boyfriend, and so now I can't go near the bird at all, or else I'll get bitten. The bird was originally my sister's (she now has a kid and so I'm taking care of the bird), and it was the same when she got married and her husband moved in. The parrot bonded to her husband, and would get nippy with my sister. I would be wary of this species if you have kids or if you're a new owner. Their bites can be extremely painful and can cause serious damage.

Also, since they're some of the best talkers of the parrots, their natural tendancy is to be loud. There may be those who only scream at night or in the morning, but there are also a lot that scream whenever they're not getting what they want (which is usually attention). And it's not like a little squeak, it's extrenely obnoxious and can really hurt your ears.

So yeah--there are some things about YNAs that are wonderful, and they are very entertaining and talented, but before getting one just remember that it's not going to be unicorns and rainbows all the time.

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Trevor - 2007-07-12
I just inhereted one of these birds from my father-in-law. The bird's name is Diablo, and he is roughly 50 years old. My father-in-law got him when he was 8 years old, and they don't know how old the bird was before that! He's sorta crabby, but he's a member of the family! He hates women for some reason...crazy old bird! Just goes to show that these birds ARE a lifelong commitment. Cheers!

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