Animal Stories - Blue-fronted Amazon

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   Blue Front Amazon is a very outgoing bird, a great performer and loves to talk!
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Luis - 2010-11-20
I was given a blue front amazon parrot 3 days ago by someone who didn't care for it correctly. The bird is very aggressive. How do I deal with it's aggressive state?
I want to gain it's trust. I attempted to handle it with a glove, this made the bird very angry towards the glove, it acted as if it had a negative experience with gloves. Maybe mistreated. I fed it with my bare hands this morning without any problems, but I'm afraid it may get aggressive and bite me. I need some info on how to deal with it. I would like to handle the bird with trust, not with fear of being bitten.

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  • \'HP\' - 2010-12-30
    I had the same problem when I got "Capt. Morgan" - male BF Amazon. Of all the things I did, I think that keeping to a schedule of feeding him at the same time I made my meals for several weeks really seemed to help. It actually changed my diet (lot less fast foods and many more veggies, fruits, pastas & nuts) I prepared meals that included food for Morgan. For example, we both love Honey Nut Cheerios with milk over the cereal. I spoon up some cheerios and milk and he will gobble 7 - 10 of them down and finish with a small drink of the milk in the bowl. I often have a Sub-Way salad for lunch (their BMT salad) and Morgan shares the pepperoni, ham, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce & cheese with me. And his favorite pasta dish? Spicy spaghetti sauce with some meat and using the wide/flat noodles so he can grasp better. I filter in other things like corn, lima beans, green beans and carrots. (All bought frozen and a small amount tossed into the micro wave just enough to warm up). NOTE: I used a plastic spoon to feed him bites from my plate at first. Eventually I began to prepare his food in a round metal bowl. (Don't leave 'wet' foods out for more than a couple of hours. Bacteria can start to grow & can lead to tummy problems)

    I will leave 'skinned' items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes out all day along with the pellet and seed foods.

    I also began asking Morgan "You want Some?" When offering food. It only took a couple of weeks before he was significantly trusting me.

    Good Luck.

    P.S. Have someone trim his beak back a bit more than normal (meaning remove all sharp edges - top & bottom. This way if he does 'get you', chances are lessened that a bite will break your skin. Also, if he does bite, don't flinch if you can help it. My response to a bite (or bite attempt) was to immediately toss a small towel over him, covering his head, and while holding him down on a cushioned chair seat, I would say sternly "Bad Bird" four times and then release him and walk away. This said, also Note that for EVERY good thing he does, I clap my hands a couple of times and say 'Good Boy" (Some trainers suggest using a clicker)
  • Mary - 2011-03-22
    Good luck that is why I'm here, but as I told the other lady, have patience, go Slow, use treats, give him wood to chew on But big wooden toys to got out the frustrations also small rawhide dog bones; he won't eat it but will enjoy untying it. I have found that reading about body language in a book at the pet store helped a lot it said to approach when the feathers are fluffed, like when he/she is preening, Go Slow. Don't try when the feathers are flat against the body. Mine likes people food for a treat. Fruit, I like watching him with grapes and shredded wheat. Loose the gloves try also petkeeping with Marc Morrone.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-18
    Most PET birds are extremely afraid of gloves. Many are also afraid of hats. I think it just changes the appearance and they don't understand and they react with fear. You can feed your little guy with your bare hand and that is a big step. Now you just need him to follow your hand away from his cage and onto a perch, table, sofa anything that is not his cage territory. Feed him with your hand and eventually let him just take the food out of your palm with the palm resting in your lap. Then go to holding the food in your left hand and ask him to "UP" onto your right so he can reach the treat. Just go slow. If anything can tell you are afraid -- it is a bird. They sense you are afraid and they don't know what is wrong so they become afriad. It is a circle. Yes you can get bit - it happens. The worse bite I ever had was from my 3 year old child. I have had birds (big guys) for 25 or more years and haven't been bit and yes I play with them. I had a bird in a pet store attack me and bite and it hurts but not as bad as hitting your hand with a hammer or stubbing your toe.
    Just go slow and learn his body language. Talk lots of talking or singing. Be patient. They can be agrssive but their body language is very obvious and you can twll. Head down, feathers smoothe, eyes going in and out. Leave him alone - does not want to play. Head up, relaxed feathers, eyes seeing you he is relaxed and not afraid.
  • Izzy - 2011-06-18
    It would be best to learn amazon body language. Male blue fronted amazons are very aggressive at times and have mood swings. Do not show the bird that you are scared. Earning trust takes a long time, but you can build trust with patience and food! lol Find out what his favorite treat is and try to give him that treat more often. Talk to him...They are very social birds and love attention. Most people forget how intelligent parrots are...Talk to them in a gentle voice and give them a treat. When he feels more comfortable with you the body language will show it. fluffed feathers and relaxed posture is usually a sign.
    Getting bitten may happen...a firm no will teach him that biting is not ok. Just give it time and you will have a parrot that loves you to pieces. :)
  • Derrick - 2011-08-03
    On the contrary, Amazons have a painful bite. I learned quite literally first hand.
    The body language was ruffled and dilating eyes along with a clicking sound when my index was getting squeezed hard enough to cause a hairline fracture.

    Also,it was a male amazon,and we were clipping his claws,or more accuratly,daggers.
james - 2012-08-08
i have been given an amazon blue face parrot , i knew nothing about parrots and have so far learnt a lot, jack speaks very well and screams loud, hes learnt some words dockers would be proud of, he has been rehomes about 10 times so far , i am trying to get him tame he will only allow brief contact and only me, its all new to me so any tips would be welcome what to do about it.....i try to touch him he allows me to touch his head, but the screaming i have no idea

brian hutchison - 2012-09-26
I am waiting on a rescued amazon parrot, any tips on what I should do when I get him or her on feeding and handling.

Diana - 2012-02-04
I got a male and female (dna'd) blue fronted amazon parrots, they are about 11 years old. The previous owner said that they do not get along and I (enventually) would like to breed them if possible. I let them out of their separate cages during the day and sometimes they will fight and sometimes they will groom each other, don't really know what the deal is with them. At night I put them in separtate cages cause I'm afraid that they will hurt each other. The female is really gentle (with me) she gives kisses and steps up pretty easily, the male is a little more aggressive but will step up and sometimes lets me scratch his head if the female is nowhere near him. I am not really sure how long these guys have been together or if they ever have been, when I picked them up, they were in separate cages. I guess my question is, will they ever bond? Should I keep doing what I'm doing and letting them together during the day and separating them at night.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    I don't know if there is a right/wrong answer to this question. However, this is working for you and it is working for them so it is what i would keep doing. I have heard many time, if you don't want them to 'do it' or completely bond with each other and not you - have them in separate cages at night. Woman in NJ had two Amazons and they each had their own cage and there was a large perch between the cages. Each day they would come out and play or argue and play again and each night they would go back to their own cages. The little girl had her first egg on her human mom's bed pillow and mom put it in a nest box and she had the 2nd and 3rd egg there and they were fertile and they hatched and they were fed. I had Panamas and they had their own cage but he broke into hers but gee it took him about 20 years. Both remained pets and with their own cage. Once in awhile he would break in, obviously, in the spring.
  • Jim - 2012-02-05
    It probably happens most of the time untill they get to know each other well if they ever do. I had a pair somewhere about 7 to 8 years ago and they did not get along at the beggining but after a couple years they were bonding to the point that you could see each other scratching ecah others head. Believe me it will take a while but they will in most cases. Know i have anotherone that just got 02/04/2012 and he is robust; stocky but i bought him first and within a few weeks will buy his mate. Good Luck!!!
  • Jim - 2012-02-05
    It probably happens most of the time untill they get to know each other well if they ever do. I had a pair somewhere about 7 to 8 years ago and they did not get along at the beggining but after a couple years they were bonding to the point that you could see each other scratching ecah others head. Believe me it will take a while but they will in most cases. Know i have anotherone that just got 02/04/2012 and he is robust; stocky but i bought him first and within a few weeks will buy his mate. Good Luck!!!
  • Jim - 2012-02-05
    It probably happens most of the time untill they get to know each other well if they ever do. I had a pair somewhere about 7 to 8 years ago and they did not get along at the beggining but after a couple years they were bonding to the point that you could see each other scratching ecah others head. Believe me it will take a while but they will in most cases. Know i have anotherone that just got 02/04/2012 and he is robust; stocky but i bought him first and within a few weeks will buy his mate. Good Luck!!!
Kim - 2012-05-23
Hello I have a blue front amazon parrot have had him for about almost 5 months. I was told he was 4 yrs old and they were not sure if he was male or female. As far as I know he went from breeder to 2 different owners, a male for over 3 yrs then a female for 3 months then I bought him myself. My Question is this at what age should he talk really good? He says small things but very very limited laughs alot and screams more then anything and never sings is this normal? Also he has had many different names breeder called him Kiwi male called him Pedro and the female called him Rudy so myself and my family call him Rudy should we try and call him all 3 names or keep to the last one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-23
    Let the little one pick his name. Go down a list which can include the 3 names plus a whole bunch of others. Pick the name he responds to. You will be saying Rudy, Kiwi, Bob, Bets, Sinbad or whatever and the sound he likes he will give you some sort of responce and let that be his name. If he responds to Rudy - then let that be his name. Amazons can learn to speak at any age. The more they are talked to and hear TV, radio and humans talking to them - the more they are going to talk. He probably hasn't really started talkuing yet because of so many owners but he will - onc he starts - he won't stop. Put words to his actions ie 'food' 'up' 'hug' 'scream' play 'peek' laugh and say 'laugh' put words to things he does or sees.
  • Kim - 2012-05-25
    alright thanks will try that for a few weeks see if it does any good
Brian - 2008-03-03
I just got my second BFA about 3 months ago and I'm so happy that my first one has a companion. I got Toby 9 years ago and is about 15 years old. It only likes me and no one else. But ever since it bit me I have been scared to hold it again, but I'm slowly getting it to come to my hand. Then I got Maya who just turned 9 months old. She's really cute. She also likes me so I lucked out in my family. When I come in she says "hello" and now I'm trying to teach it its name and mine as well. I have them in two separate cages and soon they will be together. I love these birds and wouldn't give them away for the world.

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  • Lucinda - 2012-01-01
    Putting them in same cage is a bad idea they will bond and be hard to handle.
Amanda - 2009-08-28
I have a male bird named louie. He can say hello lou and he can laugh. He laughs when everyone around him laughs, and he is atached to me. He is scared of everyone and bites them all.

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  • alma - 2010-09-06
    That is just how my bird eddie is also, and I don;t no what to do. I've had him for over 20yrs. and he will not talk.
  • Lucinda - 2012-01-01
    Well they bite because they have chosen you for their mate and they are protecting theirs. The best thing I was told to do is try to get them to step up to all even if on a perch. This is very important cause god forbid something happens to you they need to be taken care of and handled.
crystal miller - 2010-01-25
I got a male and he will bite you when trying to get him out of the cage. After you get him out he's fine. We got him a week ago. The people we got him from says he talks, but we have tried to get him to talk and he won't. We ask them why he doesn't talk to us they say he has to get to know his new home. He is a 1-year old. I sat with him and talked and talked, can't get him to say anything, what can I do.

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  • Iain - 2010-03-12
    Patience, patience, patience. He's extremely young and rightfully nervous. Try not to take him out of the cage but instead open it and let him climb out. Otherwise do exactly what you are doing, sit with him and talk. Offer him tidbits/treats (in moderation) from your hands and slowly he'll get used to you. As he settles and becomes more comfy he will respond (usually with words or sounds you've been making to him). Don't force / push the pace otherwise it'll backfire. Some people find playing music (while he watches) will start responses (also dancing) or in warm weather use a fine water sprayer to moisten his feathers. All these things and others - done slowly, whilst talking, over time (not hours or days but weeks and months) will enhance his confidence and bring him out of his shell. Enjoy your bird even if he doesn't talk and he'll enjoy you. All the very best with him (I brought mine up this way he's now 10 and runs the house, dogs, cats and us :))
  • Cyndi - 2010-05-12
    Crystal, the only thing you can do with a bird to "make him talk" is to let him be. Not all birds talk, although they are capable. If that is the only thing you are looking for in a bird, then please get a toy bird. Please take some time to do research on the internet. Answers from blogs are not the only source. Just read. And read. Having a new bird is like having a new 13-year old in the house - they will get used to you and will probably surprise you. Good luck!
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-24
    We just got a beautiful 4yr old YC amazon.She is super sweet and super shy. She would "growl" at me trying to get her out of the cage.I put a glove on and she jumped right on my hand.I was actually kinda shocked. We are working her away from the glove. Now I have it just in my hand. Just my persnal opinion sounds like your little man is a bit territorial(Sp?) about his cage. My Olivia wants to be on her cage all the time. I believe the previous owners let her sit all day and that was it. We like our sweeties to be a part of the family. Ours was also suppose to talk but have mot heard a word.I am hopingit is jst because she is new and nervious...but if she never udders a word thats okay to.
  • Steve - 2010-06-11
    He will bite you as you are entering "his Domain". what you need to do is to open the door to his cage and let him come out by himself, as he is already 12 months old, do you know how he was handled before you took him? Many pet shops are very "rough" with the birds and he will be finger shy. You need a lot of patience.. I mean a lot we are talking about 6-8 weeks of daily attention to create a bond and build the trust relationship. Once he trusts you it all becomes easier. As to talking, Amazons usually get noisy around sunrise and sunset, so be there and join in, mimic the noises he makes and sooner than later he will surprise you. Again it all takes patience... that is the key...enjoy your bird.
  • Don Creamer - 2011-02-08
    Hi my name is don I have a blue fronted amazon we got him a week ago and we could not get him to talk but one day the phone rang and he said hello clear as day just give him time do you feed him fruit they love grapes.
  • Judie - 2011-12-23
    Hi Crystal,

    My amazon is 4 yrs. old and a total delite to my family. He sings a total of about 14 different songs and will talk your ear off. When strangers come to the house or I have a gathering around Thanksgiving or Christmas he may manage a hello, but that's it. You would think he couldn't talk at all. I have walked just outside on the patio or in another room where he could hear me while speaking to a stranger and he would talk and sing, but the minute he saw the stranger in the same room he would stop speaking. I think your amazon just needs to get use to you and your family. Make sure he is in the family room where all the action is, and he will eventually learn your voices and phrases and start communicating. Be sure at night you cover him up and allow him quiet and sleep time and area though, because he will be crabby and not have the sleep he needs if you don't allow this. My amazon, G.W., tells me at night when he is ready to go to bed by saying 'time to go night night'. He is really a hoot!!
Linda Beninato - 2011-02-03
I would like to know if the female amazon egg needs to be fertilized? No this is not a joke.

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  • Paul - 2011-02-15
    Yes, of course it does. Fertilization is internal. So if your parrot lays an egg and has no mate the egg is sterile. Just throw it out.
  • Judie - 2011-12-23
    Hi Linda,

    Yes, you need a male amazon to fertilize the egg if you want the egg to hatch into a chick.
Jill - 2011-03-11
I adopted a blue fronted amazon. We believe it to be a female around 20-25 years of age. She has not spoken a word since we brought her home 3 months ago. If we reach into her cage she growls and snaps. She will come out of her cage on her own and sit on the top, but if you go over there and try to put your hand out she will move away or snap at you if she is crabby. We feed her from our hand each day, misc treats. She takes food from your hands very gently. We were expecting more of a family bird. Any suggestions on how to begin holding her?

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  • Mary - 2011-03-22
    I am having the same problem with my bird, he was my mothers so he knows us, but she has passed; so now he is mine. I went to the pet store and read that if you try to pet him/her when her feathers are flat against the body, it is best to leave alone, try petting when she is fluffed; like when she is preening, go SLOW. This worked for me. I still can't handle mine except on his terms and he knows me.:D good luck.
  • Cari Sakell - 2011-04-17
    Hi Jill, I just adopted an 8 year old Blue Front and when I first met him, I could not even pick him up without biting. Not only being neglected, before, was a pet with two young boys whom absolutely did him wrong, very scared of a stick. The way I communicated in the beginning, was, talking and chanting "His" language". He was very standoffish and took me a lot of patience for his trust. Long story short, He is my absolute, beautiful baby, very, very protective of me. I think, if you try to speak his language first, You will have a bestest friend for life. He protects me with his life, just takes patience. Speak his language first, never, ever regret that. Mine was older, neglected, and abused, before I had even acquired him. Don't give up, they are the most wonderful friends you could ever, ever have.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    A blue front can make and normally will make an excellent family pet. The Blue Front has an Independent nature at times (as many Amazons do) but they learn to love and trust their humans. Sounds like this one is pretty scared. She is also what I call cage bound. She knows she is safe in the cage and she is afraid to come out except on her own and only when she feels she can get back in fast. Continue to feed her from your hand. Cheerios, pieces of walnut, shelled sunflower - anything she can eat pretty fast. Then try and put a bowl full of this kind of treat in front of its cage but away from the cage. Put it on a table next to the cage. Put it on anything where the bird has to come out of its cage and over to the bowl - 6 inches then 12 inhes then 18 inches etc. Then hold the treat in your hand 6 inches, 12 inches 18 inches from the cage. Somehow you are going to have to get this little gal out and off it's cage and on to a wooden perch - neutral territory.
    It is going to take awhile so be patient and go slow. Somehow you just want to get him from the cage to the perch. Treats on the perch, toys on the perch. If you make a fist - real tight with the back of your hand facing the back of the bird there really isn't lose skin for the bird to bite. Start getting him used to the back of your hand. Feed him with your fingers and now he is getting used to hand and fingers. You talk, whistle, sing and listen and watch. If he is fluffed, he is probably relaxed. If his feathers are down and head low and forward he is probably ticked. If his pupils are going in and out - he will bite. Watch and listen to her and learn the body language. You are almost ready. The bird is used to your hand, used to your fingers, you are used to the bird so now you are going to say "UP" with a treat in your left hand and your finger out. That is position one. It takes time. Good luck and go slow. If you are nervous - so is the bird so just go slow.
  • mark - 2011-06-03
    I just rescued my first blue fronted amazon and she wasnt treated well I was told she was 8 years old and the first 7 years of her life was spent in the 19x19 inch cage she came with. I got to doing some research and I'm starting to think she is more like 26 years old. I still don't know for sure if she is a boy or girl YET. Anyway she was very scared and biting and screeching alot when I first brought her home. All I can say is BE PATIENT. Earn their trust. My bird is coming along great and I'm thinking about adopting another.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-07
    Thank You Cheryl. We are giving her treats. Now it is just trying to get her away from her cage. I notice each day when I walk up to her, her pupils are going in and out. Do these birds do that a lot or is she irritated that I am talking to her?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-08
    The eyes going in and out (pupils getting larger and smaller) and almost looks like the eyes are getting brighter is them on alert. They are wondering what to do. They are thinking should I flee, am I safe, should I attack etc. Who is this coming toward me? Soon you will be able to go up to the cage and her eyes will stay the same and her attitude will be more relaxed. She will learn not to fear. Just takes time. You can also try feeding her outside the cage - I know you are feeding her with your hand outside the cage but you could actually put her food bowl outside the cage and just put it back in the cage in the evening. Might get her out more.
  • lindalynnharrison - 2011-06-12
    I had a bird he had a 25 word v. when he tried to bite i would squ irt him in his face an say no. after a little bit he quit. Water bottle it works
  • Gene - 2011-11-21
    The bird is not socialized. She thinks she is in charge, and she 'owns' the place. Any area she can roam freely she will decide is her territory, and will defend it, especially since she thinks you are subordinate to her. You reinforce her perception that she is in charge whenever you: 1) let her come out of the cage on her own, i.e. rather than stepping up onto a stick and being brought out; 2) feeding her when she has done nothing to 'earn' it. Start a program of training 2x per day. Rather than have food available to her all the time, feed her 2x/day--after the training sessions. Train her first to step up on a stick. Reserve her favorite treats for her to earn during training.