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sarah phillips - 2014-01-31
we had an amazon fly into our property 8 months ago she will have nothing to do with anyone but me i handle her but she loves the grand kids to play with her but will not get on their hand she cries like a baby when they leave she is 45 years old according to the band on her leg and knows several wordswe really love her

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Elizabeth Mosley - 2014-01-02
I have had mine for almost 35 years 'Paco' He was confiscated at the boarder then put in quarantine and then sold, so he is sort of a rescue bird. He has a beautiful large cage that is near a nice large window with a mirror and also likes to sit in my master bath, as I have a perch there for him too. I just love him. He is also in full flight as I feel that is the one thing they have going for them is to fly, so I did not want to take that away from him. He has 3 perches he lands on and is quite good. I only let him out of his “5 level condo” when I am home by myself. In the past two or three years he is getting yellow feathers scattered around his neck area and I do not know what that means. This past year even more. Does anyone else have issues like this and is it just age, like grey hair? :) I give him seeds ( a mixture I create myself), apples, grapes, carrots, celery and on occasion cheese and cooked eggs. He loves walnuts and gets one every other day too. And an almond about 3 times a week. I was just talking with a friend who has a small bird and she think it might be his liver??? I pray Paco is okay. I just thought he was getting more handsome. Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. Also a derangement of the metabolism or a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed can cause color change and can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration.

    Although Amazon parrots eat many seeds in the wild, in captivity a seed-based diet is not recommended because this allows the pet bird to select an imbalanced diet. A better solutions is a formulated diets (pellets or crumbles) making up about 75% of its food, because this type of diet provides a more complete, balanced nutrition. Dark leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits can make up about 20-25% of the diet. Treats should be limited to about 5%.

    Discolored feathers can also be due to a malnutition or liver disease. Cockatiels for example, have been known to develop bright yellow feathers with a severe liver disease, caused by fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis). Certain viruses can also cause abnormal feathers; however, this is not a common occurrence.
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Anonymous - 2011-11-29
I just got a red front and he is aggressive. He won't let me hold him and rarely if he gets on me it's only for a few seconds. His cage he seems not to like movement and bite me when i do. He's about 10 years old he seems to like me went right up to me when I seen him for the first time and snuggled me .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    He was wherever and he picked you out for his companion. Then you bring him home and he is out to TRAIN YOU. Let him acclimate to the new home and feed him with your hand various treats - cheerios work good. Let him eat meals with you - give him his own little bowl and let him have dinner (or whatever with you). Try and think of him as a 3 year old child. His cage is his safe spot and they get very territorial about it and that will just take him time to learn that you are not breeching his territory for harm. Go slow and do as much holding as you can for now but learn your birds body language. Amazons are more independent and want attention when they want it. They are not cuddle for the most part but enjoy your company sitting close on their perch etc.
  • londa - 2013-12-22
    sounds like our bird accept we have had him for 8 years he lived with my nephew for his first 2
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londa - 2013-12-22
bird is 10 years old doesn't let anyone handle him {use to} now only when he gets startled and flys off his cage he's really agressive always tries to bite He gets plenty of attention as wehave a busy household we are alwats greeting him but sometimes this bird is just crazy we have always been gentle with bird but don't understand why he's never been very friendly

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    It could be that your home is so busy and full of distraction, that he may not really be to comfortable with any one person.
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doris - 2013-11-17
We got our bird in June 2013 he speaks says Momma -Dont Go -Hello but sum times not very clear what can I do to help iimprove His Words So I xan understand what he is saying

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JoeBaka - 2005-07-21
I had this bird for some time, but I didn't buy him. This may sound weird, but I found him walking down an avenue in my neighborhood, and he refused to fly. I figured since it was in the middle of February, he was going to die if he stayed out there, so I stuck him in my car and took him home. I didn't name him, he actually told me his name, and he said "hello Rico", and ever since I have been calling him Rico. Great bird, just a little messy and could attract bugs or mice with the leftovers that they put on the floor. Noisy at times but you get used to it. The great things about these birds is that you could let them out and let them fly around and spread their wings. Great bird, love him, but I still have no idea how much they run for because I found him on an avenue walking along at 12 in the morning.

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  • Eva - 2013-11-01
    Hello, you lucked out because the BFA'S cost anywhere between 500-1000 dollars depending on where you buy them. I bought a bf for 1000€ as I live in Germany. and she is definently a blessing be good to your bird he will love you forever.
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Bau5 - 2013-10-30
I have a 6month old orange winged Amazon and he already talks, knows his name and responds to you. I feed him sunflower seeds, guava, apple slices etc. I read online that they can't chocolate so I keep it away from him

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Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-13
I'm new to large parrots. Do any of you use Harnesses to take your BFA outside or in the car? We are outside a lot in the garden, can BFA visit the back yard with us? Trying to research every option, thx!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-13
    Harnesses can work well, but it does take time for a bird to get accustomed to wearing one, and to be calm when wearing it. Some birds adapt fine while others won't. But if your bird does get comfortable with it, it can be a nice way to take it outdoors. However as a word of caution, you will still need to closely supervise the bird at all times.
  • Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-14
    Thx Clarice!
  • Bill Klusmeyer - 2013-09-13
    I have a blue front amazon which I adopted. I don't like the harness idea, too much room for an injury. I opted to use a carry cage. Getting him in it wasn't too bad.  I had to make adjustments to help in entering. I took him to my local bird  store to get some things. He was a little stressed on the ride there to say the least, but when he got there he was the center of attraction. What a ham! Anyway the ride home was ok but I think he couldn't wait to get back in his cage. I really think a transport cage will be better.
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Constance - 2009-11-14
I have had my Yellow Nape for 24 years and of course my husband and I are part of the flock. However, she loves all strangers unless she senses they do not like her. Yellow Napes are very intelligent and very high social as most birds because they are flock animals.

No one should have a Yellow Nape unless they understand all the needs of this very beautiful and special bird. Yellow Napes love to be held and allowed to have 4-5 hours of play time daily if not more. With a good diet, clean and I mean clean cage, and lots of social time with the family the Yellow Nape is a joy to have as a family member. Yes, they need to be a member of the family for ever. They do not adjust being moved around with different people like a cat of dog. Especially, Yellow Napes they are very smart, loving and bond for life. They can die of a broken heart.

Usually, if a Yellow Nape is biting and displays behavior problems the bird has been mis-treated or simply handled wrong.

Parrots do not bite unless scared and they just want to be loved and handled correctly. There are many rules to follow when handling a parrot.

I must say our bird has been so loved and is so happy in captivity she really is so sweet.

I have been working with birds for thirty years and they are very special animals that are misunderstood many times.

For anyone who needs to find a good safe place for their bird you can contact:
Phoenix Landing in Asheville, North Carolina, they are a parrot care foundation and they will adopt and educate others before allowing a bird to go to a home. Their phone number is 828 251 1333.

If this number does not work you can look them up on the internet and with a bit of time contact these people.

Thank you
Constance

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  • Mariette Coetzee - 2013-09-12
    I have a question.  I have a Yellow Nape Amazon came to us about 2 years ago. Do not know his background only know we are the third family in his life time and we think he is about 10.  Sad I know but he found a home for live. In the beginning we could handle him with no problem and then he started having behavior problems like biting us and shows aggression towards me when i move around his cage.  He will sometimes come down from his cage to the floor and if he sees me will come towards me with aggression. Now somebody told me he is sexualy frustrated.  Is that the case and what can I do to help him.  I would be greatful for any help.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    It does sound like your Yellow Nape Amazon seems to be distressed, which is a common occurence with these birds as they get older. Many times they really do best with a mate after a few years, it is actually suggested that people plan on getting a companion eventually. These birds are known to get really frustrated over time if kept by themselves, especially those who aren't closely bonded to a human that can spend exorbitant amounts of time with them.
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linda - 2013-03-19
we are looking for a female white front amazon. Our male white front is lonely. any ideas where to find one? anyone looking for a home for theirs?

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  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    I have a female and been looking for a male for years.
  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    Hi Linda I have a female and would love to breed her.
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