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Shannon - 2009-07-24
I rescued an OW amazon from a terrible place. He was living in a cockroach filled cage and fed nothing but garbage. He lost an eye from getting into a fight with a ferret in their home. His nails had not been trimmed in years,they were corkscrew down to his toes. He is elderly and imported, he has an open band. I cried all the way home because he looked so sad and sick when I met him, it's hard to believe he was living that way for so long. I got him home, bought him a new cage, gave him a bath, some good PROPER food and made a vet appointment. The vet told me I got him in the nick of time and that he was lucky I found him. He was VERY WILD. I have 10 other pet birds, most were rescued from bad situations, and I had never seen a bird as fearful of humans as he was. With veterinary care, proper diet and A LOT of patience and love he is turning out to be the SWEETEST little man. Almost as cuddly as a cockatoo, he can't wait to be with his momma and get a kiss. He loves watching HIS TV and chewing up wood when he is not in my lap. I mounted a tv with cable in the bird room (near his good eye so he can see it)because he loves it. He lets me know what he wants to watch. The only thing I can say that is sometimes a hindrance is his screaming, which I am working with him on. Unfortunately he spent most of his life locked in a tiny cage so screaming is the only way he knows how to communicate. I understand this so I am doing my best to be patient even though my hearing is probably permanently damaged. Since I got him I find myself saying "what" a lot, lol. His scream makes my cockatoo sound like she is whispering. OW Amazons can be VERY LOUD. OW are unique from the other Amazons. I love how he smells like daisies and his neck feathers "puff up" when he is happy.
Overall I've found that in spite of his fear of humans he is a gentle bird who doesn't have a mean bone in his body, he just wants love and to be understood.
I love him with all of my heart and I encourage all to rescue parrots instead of buying babies, there are plenty more out there just like mine who need someone to love them.

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  • Les - 2010-03-31
    Wow Shannon,

    Such a sad story. I felt so sad when I read his story but so happy that you are taking care of him now. Well done.

    Hope you are both well.

  • rachel - 2010-04-04
    I am very pleased to hear this I have a male ow called pippy, he is the sweetest most gentle bird ever, I have had him for 11 yrs and would never part with him. Like yourselves I think he had a bad start as I bought him from a pet shop in kent, he was advertised in a bird magazine, I phoned up and gave my details , sent the money and then I got the bird. I was told he was nasty and I would be lucky to even be able to feed him through the bars, but with a little tlc, me and pippy well I can do anything with him as can my children and husband , but he loves me most and I feel the same about him. We had an african grey called casper but she died last month of a hereditry heart problem , the vet was very impressed with the overall condition my parrot was in, so I booked pippy in to be seen by the vet , and the vet said he was perfect, and in fantastic condition , which I was proud of my animals are my world I love them. So I have now gone and rescued a lesser sulphur cockatoo from a home that he was no longer wanted at, I have had him 2 days and now he is eating and drinking like he should and his feathers are not dirty and he let me pick him up. I think we are going to be good friends. I can't stand people being nasty to parrots they are stunning animals.
  • CATHY - 2012-04-16
    My orange wing is loud too! ! But louder than a cockatoo! ! Or kidding! Mine is quiet now that he's comfortble in the new place but i whistle in a tin sports whitle an he stops,, sound like another bird to him i guess? ? Do they all have a dander or has mine been bathing in well water? ? Like a white coating on him? ? Or her not sure i got my ow at a rescue place in fla. . Very sweet bird , cathy
  • tina jones - 2013-01-17
    Your story was very sad; I'm so glad he's ok now very well done!
Henri - 2012-12-26
I have an Orange Winged Amazon for about two years but it is very angry with me and my family. I have tried to train it but I can't. The only thing that he accept to do, is to take the treat without touching my hand. What should i do to train it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-26
    They will normally pick one person in the family to be their own.  These birds can be stubborn.  With ALOT of attention and not pushing it's limits the bird should easy up.  Start allowing the bird to be loose some with the family.   Bird will need to train you guys a bit to on how to read and what it wants.  Pay close attention and it should guide you somewhat.  These birds do need a lot of time and work!
  • Henri - 2012-12-27
    Thank you!
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martha novelo - 2012-12-21
Can this white fronted parrots cause diseases to people if kissed or handled to much? i have one and my husband is always angry at me because he says i kiss the parrot to much. But i love this cute little animal.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-21
    If the bird is healthy it is very unlikely for it to pass a disease to a human.  More likely for a human to get the bird sick as we are exposed to much more then the bird is throughout the day.
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Callum Sansom - 2012-12-10
My parrot keep's scratching all over and making noises Could she have mites?

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gg - 2012-11-28
I have a LHA and he is a biter. I have had him for 7 months now. I have only recently tried to handle him. I have to wear gloves which he does not like but after being bitten a few times I am leary. He seems to like when I pet him with the gloves on but it is a stuggle. He hates change. He does like to be out of the cage and seems content. He pulls at his beak with his foot I was wondering if that is a frustration or a normal behavior? Can anyone give me some pointers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    Looking like he is pulling his beak with his toe is normal or putting their toe in a nostril (which looks totally silly) - actually just playing with their feet is normal.  In my experience birds are terrified of hats and gloves almost all the time.  I would take the gloves off and try making friends without gloves instead.  Try feeding her treats with your hand.  Treats can be cheerios, peanut, sunflower kernel - most amazons love things like pizza or a piece of chicken also.  Talk to her, be around her, let her be out of her cage.  Learn her body language and what makes her happy, sad or mad.  Let her watch cartoons on TV or watch TV with you.  Tell her what you are doing like 'I am making supper or I am feeding you or hello'    Couple of questions if you feel like answering them.  Do you know how old she is?  Has she been handled before?  Why wait 7 months = cuz she had not been handled?  Gloves would be very frightening to her.
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Leni - 2011-03-08
I have a Panama Yellow Head and she is wonderful. I brought her back with me from there after I had to return to the U.S. I have been looking for a male for many years. If someone has a male that they can no longer take care of, I am would be willing to adopt him and bring him home.

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Suki - 2012-03-31
I have a pair of White Fronted Amazon( female and male). They live in the same cage together. I brought them few months ago, the breeder told me those 2 Amazons were hand feed. After I spent few months with them, they still bite me pretty hard (bleeding sometime). Especially when they are in their cage or near cage area, but when they were somewhere not near their cage, they are all right.
Is there a way to teach them not to bite? Should I separate them in a different cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    I have no idea when they were hand fed or how or how old they are but if babies and recently hand fed there would be no way they would be biting. Guess is they are last years babies and have been handled to some degree. Male and Female Amazons are going to pair bond and they will be protective of their cage and territory and very little you can do about that. Even as singles amazons can be protective of their terriotry. Let the have it and bring them out on a perch or just out as often as possible and handle them as much as you can. Possibly they will let you (allow you) into their territory one day. Separate cages - if they have always been together, I would let them remain but you won't be first in their life. They will start puberty around 3 and you will be an outsider. They will have babies and you will enjoy them and maybe you'd like to hand feed one and keep that one for yourself with its own cage.
  • Randy - 2012-11-13
    Yes separate them. If not they will try to become a breeding pair. And it's kinda normal for a bird to be biting when it is in its cage it's there secure place. But it will change major if they are seperated. And if the birds become mating birds from being together. Good luck changing them. It's really hard.
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Rasin - 2012-10-13
Hello everyone,just wanted to let you all know that i have a male and female yellow amazon napped parrot for sale please if anyone who is interested should let me know,just wanted serious persons only who love birds. Hope to read from you all soon. Contact me at mohamedrasin123@gmail. Com

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  • raul garcia - 2012-11-06
    I live in Florida Deerfield Beach. I'm interest how much are you asking thanks phone 9544157385
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Anonymous - 2012-10-21
About a month ago I got a 10 year old male from a friends sister in law.. She had only had him a few months. She said she got him a man who bought several birds from a breeder. He is very infatuated with me and I can pretty much do what ever to him so I'm assuming the breeder handled him to some degree. I have read up on how this breed is suppost to play with toys and like nice big cages but mine doesn't! He gets mad when I try to play with him and his toys and will not go near any toys I put in his cage! I have owned other breeds of birds and have never seen a bird soo not interested in toys! Is this something that may have been from him being owned by a breeder? I am also having a slight problem with him only bein loud on certain days, he will go to screaming if I leave the room, is there anything I can do to get him to stop?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    The screaming - he is calling you to make sure you are there.  Usually it just takes calling back 'hey ____  I am here and be back in 10 minutes'

    He gets frightened when he can't see/hear you and just needs to know you are there.  Toys - he probably never had any.  I would introduce him to toys outside his cage and when he starts to play with one or is willing to play with one gradually put it in his cage.  I also start with some natural toys such as fruit tree branches he can chew up or toilet paper rolls.  You can also put in pine cones - just wash them off and microwave them for 45 seconds.  Have his cage (or perch) where you are - at least where you are the most.  Give him some additionally time to adjust and show him how to play with toys.  Put a towel and couple of toys on the sofa or floor and just roll a little ball or flip a popsicle stick etc.  Take a toy apart and play with the pieces with him.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-28
    Thank u for your advise! I have started playin with toys to make him see they are okay and when he tries to play back I give him a treat.. Seems to be starting to work. I took him into a bird store and they told me he isn't 10 years old because his feet are still pink instead of white? Is there anyway I can find out his age by his appearance or maybe DNA blood work testing?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-28
    You really can't accurately determine his/her age via DNA sexing.  Most breeders would be able to give you an approximation (young, middle age or old) via beak, feet feather coloring etc but it would be pretty much an approximation.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-28
    Would u be able to maybe give me an approximation by pictures?

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