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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-12
My 2 months old Alexandria is not eating properly but he is active and playful. He hates inside the cage. What can I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-13
    Continue offering him healthy foods and supplements. That is about all you can do. If he is hungry enough and not sick, he will eat.
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elliottsmom - 2013-02-11
Hi everyone. I have a 10 y/o OWA that I got as a rescue. He spent entire life cagebound with a senior couple. I have had him for a year and he has really come out of his shell. Talking, mimicking etc. He is wonderfully gentle and not at all cage protective. However, he is very what I call 'anal'. He WILL NOT perch on anything other than what he has had in his cage all his life. No matter what!!! He also will not 'step up'. He is not totally food motivated so I am having trouble outsmarting him. He loves us but doesn't want to come out of his cage or have us touch him. Any help would nbe appreciated. I have gone slow with him as I knew his history. Thanx

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-12
    These are wonderful birds... but they have incredible memories. He's well trained (for years its sounds like) to perch in his cage. Patience and love, those are the main things. But he may never change and you may have to just love him the way he is. Still a wonderful bird though:)
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Parm - 2012-10-13
Hi all, I have a two OWA's first one we have is 12 and is bonded to me the new one is only 3 years old but the older one seems to be just blanking the new one and if i let them out together the older one will go for the new baby. anything help would be great. Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-13
    Sounds like a bit of jealousy there:) It can take a lot of time and patience to get an existing bird to accept a newcomer, especially since your older bird is so closely bonded to you. Don't rush them, I would probably just keep being a good friend to the older bird, but give equal attention to the newcomer, and see how it goes. A rule of thumb is it takes a new bird about a month to get situated in a new environment, but becoming friends may take even longer.
  • Parm - 2012-10-14
    Thank You, We have a very busy house so I have moved both cages to the quiet side I managed to let them both out yesterday and the older one went for the new baby, but after I stopped them they sat and watched each other for a good ten minutes before they started feeling comfortable enough to take food from my hands, and the cage move today they are a lot quieter and seem more relaxed.
  • Marie - 2013-02-05
    Hi there.I am extremely happy for the parrots that find wonderful homes after being misstreated. I myself have an Orange wing Amazon named Marley ( 19 years old). His first owner gave him nothing but nuts and sunflower seeds. He smoked like a chimney and found it funny to blow the smoke right in my poor Marley's face. The second owner was someone from the man's family. He once again ate the same diet, left to be chased by the family dog. No toys, and just a sad looking perch inside the cage. The owner was completly terrified of him and poked and beat him with a stick for a year. Marley was completly terrified of humans and wouldnt come out of his cage. He was all plucked, and beak curling. He now has stopped screaming, has a WONDERFUL diet and has went to see a good vet. He ABSOLUTLY loves me and i wouldnt imagine my life without him. He is afraid of others and im trying really hard to work on that. So once again, congrads on all of you who take the time for these wonderful creatures.
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Greg Meissner - 2013-01-17
The bird in the photo is clearly a Panama Amazon (A. ochrocephala panamensis) as described on this webpage. Notice the lack of red-orange in the upper mandible, the small and restricted area of yellow on the forehead, and the paler look of the beak, cere, and feet. I live with a Panama amazon, and I'm pretty sure about this. You might want to update the photo's caption.

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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.

    Les
  • 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!
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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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