Animal Stories - Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

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Double Yellow-Headed Amazons are excellent talkers and frequently sing very well too!
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Sherry Harrison - 2014-10-04
I just got a dyh an he was abused for 10 yrs he is 40 plus yrs old very mean we have made some ( a lot ) of improvements we eat together I let him out i know it's gonna take time any suggests would be very appreciated thank u

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Sounds like you're on the right track... offering affection and having a lot of patience. These birds have a very good, and long, memory. It's awesome that it can be taken out, and it eats with you, that's a great start. It may or may not become any friendlier, only time will tell.
Zah Hosein - 2013-12-09
At what age should a double yellow amazon be ok to mate? I have a 3 yr old and he is showing signs.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Breeding age for Amazon parrots is approximately 3-5 years old.
  • fay lees - 2014-06-23
    we have 2 amazons one is 10 which dont talk and has got a bad habit of pulling her feathers out, my husband got her of a friend that couldnt look after her,we bought an other 1 which is a male who is 4, he talks alot(dont shut up).we been asking if the 10 yr old is to old to mate, some parrot experts says yes and others so no,has anyone ever mated theirs at 10 yrs old?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Amazons reach sexual maturity at 4 - 5 years of age. Often around 5 - 6 years, it they don't have a mate, they will go through some teenage type behaviors for a year or more before settling down. They do best if they have a companion/friend in the same area, often with each in its own cage. They are not the easiest birds to breed, and  one of the biggest challenges in captivity is getting a mature pair to bond. Once they have bonded with a mate, they can breed from many years, (even beyond age 25), and healthy birds can live for up to about 50 years.
Edwina - 2014-06-05
Hi, I have had my parrot for about 15 years and she is a wonderful pet. She has never bit me but others. Now she seems to want to squat and make little purring noises. Both inside her cage and out. We live alone. She has never been around other birds. She is very picky about her food too. Doesn't sing or talk like she used to. Please help?

angiepoo - 2014-01-02
Hi..we have a double yellow headed Amazon that a friend have to me a few months ago. She's around 8 years old and has a very extraordinary vocabulary. We spend a lot of time with her. She comes in and out of her cage as she pleases except for at bedtime when we cover her cage. She has a very large cage and lots of toys. She is fed well with a top of the line parrott food. We've done all the things that is recommended for parrots however, she won't let us hold her. She will occasionally go into my living room or on my counter and that's the only time im able to pick her up when she knows im taking her to the top of her cage. Anytime I go to pick her up from the top of her cage, she snaps and just moves away from me. Can anyone give me some advice on how to get her to let us hold her? When my friend owned her, she use to let people hold her at one time but when my friend started work and no longer had time for her, she spent alot of time alone. That's why she have her to me. I really want to hold her but I don't want to traumatized her. Any advice?? Thanks in advance. ;-)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    What a great new pet you have and it's good that you know how old she is. She has set behaviors that, as you pointed out, developed because of her previous circumstances. To change these behaviors, work with her regularly. Be consistent and offer reassuring words and treats, and eventually she should come around. There's no guarantee, but time, love, and patience are your best tools for success
  • Kevin Krause - 2014-02-17
    I ended up taking in my Brother's bird who passed away 2 years ago. I can tell you this bird has so many mood swings it is not even funny. I have been bit 4 times, one almost needed stitches. I am trying to figure out what to do at this point. We have been so good to this bird...but I am at my end. It screams if you are not in the same room. It's not good for either of us. But not so easy to get rid of. But I will tell you, don't expect a big turn around anytime soon. All I have read about the double yellow amazon, it is not a great pet, unless you have 24 hours a day to spend with it. Very little reward.
  • Ken - 2014-05-04
    Hi there I have two African greys and just got my double yellow head back after 5yrs. And he was hand reared, he spent 4yrs in a big cupboard, more like small room, not much attention and has not been out his cage for 3yrs now. Cupboard doors wese off but still not good. When I had him he was just 16weeks old and just over 1 when I gave him away. So I asked for him back when I heard and went to see him so I know his background. He attacks anyone near his cage and bites very hard. People have tried to take care of him but just not got a clue really, but they did try, he's still alive so am glad of that. Now the way I am going to go about it is leave him to come to me, give him treats, give him loads of praise when good, never award bad behavior, always keep him to your height. As when up high a bird is in more control of you, when same height you have more control over him. Amazons are very strong minded and I think about 5 onwards can hit sexual maturity and are very aggresive at this time. I will use a training perch for him to work with in a quiet room away from other birds, no distractions for him.You will also have to learn to read to your bird when he's happy, when he wants to be alone they do some things the same way. If he's getting nut tail spread out, eye zooming then hess happy but no nut and showing these signs stay away lol. He will need time just like my DYH time and patience and patience and patience and more patience lol it's only way to be. It will work out in the end, there is loads more I could say but hands on and that's the way to learn after a few bites I think we would all learn that's not working. Try different ways. Anyway am going on here this is just the things I have learned over the years so it may be diffrent from many other peoples points of view, it's just the way I would work. It always uses things he likes, I use my mouth, organ turn my back on him if he wants my attention he has to let me know, it's all to do with bond. Hope it works out for you, just don't forget DYH are full of it and have loads of character and bold and loads of charisma and are a handful to work with. They like to be the boss, you have to let them know who is but do it so it thinks he is winning but you are really getting him round to your way of thinking lol, if you know what I mean. Good luck and hope you have fun teaching new things and you get to hold him all the time one day. Please excuse my spelling and I am just a 46yr old man from countryside that has learned almost everything for myself am no expert but I do my best. Thank you, have fun teaching it has to be fun for both not a exercise good luck. Ken.
Jan - 2013-07-05
My 24 yr. old Amazon had a stroke last week. The Vet didn't think she'd make the night. Her right claw is paralyzed and she's not eating. Her weight went from 480 grams to 406 grams in 5 days. I've been syringe feeding her twice a day but she will only take 5cc at each feeding. I'm worried she will starve to death. Any suggestions of how I should take care of her?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Amazon. How is she doing now? Any better? I'm not sure what you can do for her if she refuses to eat. Of course keep her comfortable and keep syringe feeding her. She may be in shock and just needs some time to get out of it. I hope she's ok and is on the uphill :(
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-16
    Feed her by liquid, apple juice and any other smoothies.
  • james - 2013-08-26
    Hi my name is James, I'm new here how is your bird doing?
RITA - 2005-10-13
Hi, have just acquired a wonderful double yellow-naped amazon (Jazz) she is just great. After having been with people who rarely interacted with her she was given to a wonderful "bird rescue" lady. At that time you could not get near her at all but with gentle handling she came around in two weeks. I brought her home and just sat next to cage for a while but was soon handling her, we made friends. I also have an Umbrella Cockatoo and Blue Front Amazon. I enjoy their calls and speech, share meals with them, couldn't ask for better companions. Got to go and get them up for our breakfast and chit chat session. Thanks for all the information Rita

Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-06-01
I have parakeets and I would like to know if any one knows if they like a bowl of water to take a bath in the cage?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-02
    Some will use a bowl, others like misting. I guess you'll have to try a bowl to see if yours will use it, then you'll know...:)
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!
Anastasia Higgins - 2005-04-11
I just recently rescued "riley" a 17 year old amazon, I think he is a double headed.
I rescued riley from the veterinary clinic I work for as a grooming assistant. he was put there to board by his elderly owner who went into the hospital in feb 2005. well his owner passed away so I offered to cover his bill and bring him into my family.
He was my favorite coworker :) and now my best friend. I have just recently been through the hard times of losing someone close to me also as he did, so we make a good pair. I look forward to having a life with him:) He is very talkitive, the most clearly spoken bird I have met! His favorite phrases are "I love you", "hello" (he likes to answer the phone), "guten tag"(hello in german), "happy bird", sing happy birthday, and silent night to name a couple :) he is great.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-12
    Hi, I have a question for you, we have a double yellow amazon which is being told by the previous owner 18 years old, as she is not banded I dont have any age proof of that bird! I dont have any knowledge about birds and specially big ones. When we first saw her, she looked sick but the owner told that the bird is molting at the moment other wise she is very healthy, and he said she molts twice a year, is that common? she doesnt speak anything and she is sleeping most of time or eating, first I thought its a stress of transition but now since its a second day i am bit worried. Many thanks for any suggetions!
  • Gina Foster - 2013-02-23
    i have one too it took a couuple of weeks for her to like me .now she loves me .but will attack company so i have to keep her in when someone comes over .