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Blossom - 2013-05-18
I am due to take on a rescue Mealy. All I know is that he/she (sex unknown) has been locked in a cupboard for 20 plus years and has been fed the incorrect food. I have also been advised that it will need to be covered every 2 hours or thereabouts as it cannot stand the daylight at the moment. This is supposed to be a short term foster but lets see how it goes! Luckily myself and my wonderful husband have time and patience galore. Feel this is going to a long road ahead. He/she is meant to be a short term foster but lets see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed we manage to settle this poor bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    That is so nice that you are taking on this Mealy Amazon. I'm sure it will take time and patience to help it adapt, but I bet you will find yourself endeared by it. I took one in a number of years ago and found it a home. It wasn't from quite such a severe situation, but did have some pretty major adjustments. The biggest thing I noticed was what a very nice large Amazon it was (I've had all sorts of Amazons - large and small). It wasn't going to be so big on talking, but it seemed to be much less aggressive naturally than some of the other Amazons... less of a dominant attitude. I really liked this bird because of its temperament and was really tempted to keep it! So I think you'll enjoy your journey:) Good luck.
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pat - 2013-05-11
I have gotten two budgerigars as a gift. My question is how do you tell the difference between male and female? I have looked through all books, and you can tell by the cere, but they don't tell you if the light cere is female or male or a dark cere is a female or male? Help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-11
    The cere is the best way to tell between female and male. Males are generally blue and females are a lighter color - usually yellow or tan. Also, the color changes as they become sexually mature. How old are your birds? If they are younger than 3 months, these colorations are not an accurate way to sex these birds.
Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-05-09
i got two for mother day  now i had birds in pass not parkeets  now can i get them to talk or there just whisleed  only  can i train them talk ,,,,,

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-09
    Yes you can teach them to talk.  They will be limited, but it can be done.  cover 3 sides of the cage to keep their attention when teaching.  Speak slowly and clearly.  Having the 2 birds will help andthey will talk to each other.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    What cute little birds Brenda!... and happy mother's day! Talking or not... they're adorable and will bring you much happiness. Unfortunately budgies aren't really big talkers. Although some parakeets will occasionally learn a word or two, most won't really become talkers. Budgies can be trained to perform tricks however, and possibly whistle, but it still takes patience and persistence. Talking is something you'll find more common in the larger parrots, especially Amazon parrots and African Grey parrots (like the Double Yellow-headed Amazon of this page). Actually none of the other  types of parrot hold a candle to the ability of these two types for talking, others can learn some words, but those two types are simple the best at it.. You can read more about your birds on the Budgerigar - Parakeet page. Enjoy!
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Chet Bacon - 2013-04-10
We've had ours for over 40 years now - some parrots like to be placed next to a window so it keeps them looking at things and quiet. Others like to be covered, not ours. After 40 years we are beginning to wonder who will outlive who! We give him people food, steak and potatoes, green peas are a favorite, nuts in the shell, his home has very course abrasive paper on it to keep his nails and beak trimmed. He is quite the bird! So keep yours amused and not bored they should quiet down. We'd love to have another one but they are hard to find. We got ours cage and all for $100 back in 1971!

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Roselie - 2013-03-19
We have a blue fronted amazon female and a yellow crowned male at home. Our female just laid an egg 2 days ago but there was only one. It is my understanding that they normally lay 2-4 eggs. Is it normal that she only laid 1 egg? Can these two different species even mate? Will the egg be fertile? How long does it take between laying the first and second egg? We are new to this and have lots of question but done't seem to be getting any many answers. Is there a web site or somewhere where you can get more answers? Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    It can be normal for them to only lay one egg at a time. If she was going to lay another one or two she would have done it pretty soon after the first one was laid. I do believe that two different types of Amazons can mate, however I am not sure on that. If they are mating the eggs should be fertile.  If they egg has not hatched in a month it was most likely not fertilized. At this point the only thing you can do is wait. Also watch to see if the female sits on her egg(s) and appears to be taking care of them.
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Tim Calahan - 2008-01-31
I have had my YNA since he was 16 weeks old, visiting him weekly with the breeder. He is now 15 years old. I followed my breeder's instructions intoducing him to many people. He knows many of the neighbors in my condominium building, I don't allow him to be handled by my neighbors, but he is great around them when we are in the laundry room. I also have introduced him to friends, and he will go quite readily to them. YNA are quite loud, but that is typical of larger parrots in general. A YNA should be owned by people who enjoy being home, and are true animal lovers. They take time. think of them as perpetual two year-olds. I have never regretted my decision in purchasing Clyde. I think of him as my child.

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    I agree. These special birds need a lot of attention, and time and they must be carefully socialized, but if properly socialized and sensitively handled, and recieve the attention and stimulation they require (they are phenomenally intelligent, and are easily bored), they are wonderful companions. They are very special though, and MUST be treated with care, love and respect. They are not domesticated by are a tame wild animal of incredible beauty and intelligence. My Pepito (AKA JC) is the most loving and devoted animal friend I've ever had!
Suzy Wiberg - 2009-10-27
We have had a yellow nape, Salty, for 28 years, ever since he was a baby. He has gotten very mean over the last few years. I am the one he loves, and yet, now when I'm petting him, he pretends to like it and then, all of a sudden, he bites me horribly. He has also discovered that we get very annoyed when he makes a certain sound at regular intervals over a long period of time, so he loves to do that. Recently, when I let him out of his cage, he attacked our dog, and they got in a big fight with no one hurt. He also chases my husband when he's out of the cage, which is pretty funny! Basically tho, no one can stand him, and we don't know what to do with him. My husband called a parrot haven, and they said they don't take yellow napes. Also, I'm told he won't do well in a new environment. We don't want him to suffer, and we don't know what to do!!

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  • daleanna - 2010-03-05
    Hi suzy,
    My family and I have decided to get a bird, it looks like an Amazon so far.
    I see you've had your bird 28 yrs! Is it possible that the house is quieter since kids are grown and therefore more bored? I'm asking cause we have 3 kids now, 17 yrs, 15 yrs and 6yrs, and I am hoping all the action would be enough stimulation but don't know what to expect years ahead. I have never owned a bird although I know they take time and LIVE LONG. Please tell me anything you can as I am soaking all info right now. Oh by the way, I love the part where the bird attacks the dog as I have been worried for the bird all along. The only thing I'm worried about now, is wrecking my husbands hunting spanial! Lucky he's an outside dog.
  • maria - 2010-04-24
    I adopted one from someone and he is doing very well with me he even learned how to speak spanish now he is bilingual, maybe someone will adopt your parrot I love mine he is my baby.... if you are willing to give him to someone who will provide him with a good home let me know..
  • Scott Daniel - 2010-06-29
    Suzy I don't know if by now you have been able to take care of the problems with your YNA but you might try a fellow by the name of Chet at I have had Fatima for almost 40yrs and she really likes no one but me. Anyway check this guy out and see if he can help you.

  • laurie - 2010-08-07
    Have you taken her to the vet and had a work up done? My yellow nape was getting a little crabby. Eventually we figured out that she had a thyroid condition. Now she takes a pill in her water everyday and she is back to being a sweet little girl...for the most part...she is an amazon after all. The vet can also give meds to help with other hormone problems which will help with behavior.
  • zehra - 2011-02-11
    I really admire your patience and love for your parrot. Yes, some parrots do change their behavior when they get old and many people can not tolerate their noise and bad behavior and then these poor guys passed from one owner to another which I believe makes their lives miserable and finally they end up in the sanctuaries. I hope you would never treat him like that! He has already given you his best 27 years of life now it's your turn to take care of him! Please don't give up on him. My advice is that you should put harnesses on him and let him fly every day for a couple of hours because this is the only thing he doesn't have and you will see a dramatic change in his life. My best wishes for all of you.
  • Christina - 2011-05-12
    Hello. I too have a yellow nape. My bird does the exact same things you described your bird as doing, I had to laugh. I could take your bird off your hands if you are interested. Although I know these birds don't take to each other I would have to keep them separate.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-17
    Hello there! It is a good possibility that Salty need to go see the vet for a check up. He may have a minor problem that is making him feel out of sorts. My Blue Front, Tinkerbell became progressively nastier all of a sudden, and it turned out that she had a touch of gout in one of her feet and was very very uncomfortable. (I got mad at her one day and yelled at her 'What IS your problem!!!???? and she raised her foot up and I could see it was swollen and ulcerated). Boy did I feel terrible! A little bit of medicine and a change of perches and diet, and she was my sweet baby again in no time. Even something as simple as being tired, or being dusty, dirty or a diet change can throw them off. Please get Salty checked out. I don't think he's being malicious or is trying to annoy you. He may be sick, unhappy or uncomfortable, and just having a hard time telling you what's wrong. Hoof luck!
ross - 2009-05-10
I read this description and it couldn't be farther from the truth. Yellow-Naped Amazon parrots are very mean and aggressive towards everyone except their owner (whom of which they bond a little too closely with). My mom has owned one for 28 years and he is one big jerk. If you step out of the room for so much as 30 seconds he will start yelling loudly (literally yelling) and will do so all day long until you come back. But get too close and he'll go on the attack. And when they bite is it is the most painful thing you'll ever experience. Their beaks are very strong and they can easily bite your finger almost down the the bone if they so happen to grab ahold of it.

The yelling may sound cute at first, but give it a couple of years and you'll soon be driven up a wall! My mom finally gave up and gave him to my Nana because she could no longer take the yelling any more. If you do not live by yourself and cannot afford to be around your bird at all times I highly suggest you pick something else as your exotic pet of choice. For as much as these annoying birds cost you could probably afford a tiger.

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Animals are like people. There are friendly, nice people and there are mean agressive people. Part of it is inborn, and part is a result of life experience. I have been Owned by 2 amazons, and while they both had very different personalities, both were sweet, and because I handled them gently, and treated them with respect, made sure that they had all they needed to be healthy, have their minds stimulated, and respected their intelligence and let them be the birds they were they were wonderful companions and would virtually go fearlessly and politely to anyone (even very young children). My YNA JC goes to nursing homes, and children's special schools and is as sweet as can be with everyone. Of course, if he's tired, or having an off day and perhaps not feeling well, because he's moulting or itchy, I wouldn't think of taking him to do pet therapy. Birds DO have noisy times (usually morning and sunset, and YES they will be very vocal for about 10 minutes once or twice a day, but hey, they're big birds, and they're hard wired to use their voice to communicate especially at sunrise and sunset when they begin and end their days. Birds RARELY bite unless they are in fear of their life, protecting their mate, or if they are being harrassed and can't remove themselves from the situation. That being said, if you tease or harass a parrot, or if you corner them you will be bitten... hard, and yes it hurts. I've had parrots for over 30 years and was only bitten badly once and that was because my Tinkerbell was frightened off her perch, and fell and broke her chest bone and I had to pick her up and take her to the Animal hospital. I didn't realize that her chest was badly hurt, and she bit me out of pain and fear. My JC bit my mom once and didn't draw blood, for the simpe reason that she was trying to play with him when he wanted to sleep. My dad and I warned her to leave the bird alone and after tolerating 15 minutes of good natured teasing by my mom (who the bird loves) he finally nipped her and said 'NO.... Go to BED!'. Are there birds who have been abused who can't be handled and who are so traumatized they'll bite at most anything... yes. for the most part though...parrots rarely bite and never without a good understandable reason (at least from their perspective). You probably should never have a parrot.
ahmed - 2010-04-02
I just wanna know which one of these can talk more. Amazons, cockatoos or an african grey parrot?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-05
    African Grey Parrots are known to be the best talkers, followed by Amazon Parrots. Cockatoos generally only learn about 20 - 30 words/phrases.
  • phillip - 2010-04-16
    A male yellow naped amazon talks the most, and will usally talk in front of anybody, where the african grey on the other hand will talk for it's owner sometimes, but when someone else walks in the room it will usually shut up. The cockatoo talks good but usually doesn't have a very large vocabulary "maybe about 50 words". Some of the yellow naped amazons have a vocabulary of 500+ words. So if you want the one that talks the most I recommend the yellow naped amazon. Mine started talking at about 4 months of age and is now a year and 1/2 and has a vocabulary of about 300 words. Keep in mind a lot of them learn new words & phrases quickly, even profanity.
  • Pat - 2010-05-19
    I have had all three and the clearest was the African Grey then the YN Amazon. It seems that the bigger Toos are better talkers. That said I loved my YN Amazon. He was the love of my life. A funnier more personable bird you would never find. My house was broken into and both my birds were stolen. The thieves were caught but my birds were never recovered. One of the boys said the YN died shortly after being stolen. Wouldn't eat and one day was dead. Radar (the YN) was my bird. He was terrified of men. Not too hard to understand---he was captured by men in his native home---transported by men and many of his group died nearly 50% on the trip into the states. Then nearly all pet store owners are men. He was a loving boy when with me. But, and this is important, I respected him and his intelligence. I did not expect him to "preform" on command. If he did not want to step up and come out that was ok. Somedays I don't want anyone to bother me either. We, I believe, had mutual respect for each other. Radar never bit me unless it was in play. And it was just a pinch then he would laugh like a maniac and run across the perch saying "don't bite, Radar, don't bite mom. It was a joke of his. He also nicknamed himself. Called himself Dar. Would say "peek a Dar" instead of peek a boo. Loved blonds even tho I am a brunette. He would flash and sing and prance for a red-head or blond woman. I miss both of my boys so much. They were with me over twenty years and I really loved them like my children.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    All of those CAN talk. The Best are African Greys (although it can take over a year) followed by Amazons (Yellow napes and DYH are the best there although BFA's can talk too) followed by Toos and Macaws. That being said, if you MUST have a talking bird, buy a bird that you have already heard talk. Honestly, I've had 3 parrots in my life, and I would have love all of them just as much if they never said a word. Talking is the icing on the cake. The cake and the most important and charming thing about these animals is their intelligence, huge capacity for an intimate one on one bond, and their beautiful colors and fascinating acrobatics. It never mattered to me if they can talk. Remember, if they talk a lot, they're likely to also scream a lot! Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for! LOL
Barbara - 2010-07-30
I have a yellow nape, Dudley, whom I've had for over 20 years. Like many other of your stories mine too was cute and friendly for his young years and now only likes me. Since I am his caregiver that is OK, but I too must watch him closely as he will bite just when I am not expecting it, and then he laughs like crazy when I yell. Anyway, recently he has begun picking his chest feathers out. I have not changed his diet or living conditions. I have read that this means he is unhappy, could it be something else or does it always mean he is bored and needs more attention? I am thinking of taking him to the vets but would rather try other ideas before upsetting him with a visit to the doctor. Any ideas?

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    He needs to be checked out by the vet to rule out any physical problems that may be causing him to pluck (nutritional, skin, parasites, infections, etc). That's first. If there are not physical issues, then, you need to play detective and try and figure out what has changed that is causing him to be anxious/upset. For example, has your schedule changed? Are you having to spend less time with him? Did you move, have there been physical changes to the apartment? Social changes (new significant other/ change in roomate going out more, being home less, schedule changes). Does Dudley like to bathe? Frequent bathing can really help feather problems provided there is no underlying illness. Are you sure Dudley is plucking? Unless he's got all the colored feathers out and only gray down (or skin) is left it just might be a moult. Good luck. I'm sure that the vet can help. Make sure it's an avian vet! LYNNE

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