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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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.
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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.
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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?
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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

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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...:)
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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.
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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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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 .
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weko - 2012-08-20
hello there , thanks for the information was helpful :) i have a question i have a one years old double yellow amazon ( female ) and i want her to get me babies so is it better to pair her with a male now or when she becomes 4 years old ? better to get an older male or same age or younger ? will she change and start to bite me and no listen to what i tell her ? and i am also planning to get 2 b&g macaws also i want to breed them later , will i be able to train all of these parrots together ? or non will listen to me ? or they will be jealous from each other and it will be like a motivation for them ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-21
    The majority of the time - if the birds are pair bonded to each other - they aren't going to be pet quality to you.  There are some exceptions to this but rare.  Females will mature faster than males so if you wish to breed your double yellow head, I get a male that is one or two years older.  Blue Golds - I'd buy a pair - why wouldn't you just buy a proven pair.  Might take a year or so for them to adjust to new enviornment but if you just wish to breed, then buy breeding pairs.  For the most part - they are pets or they are breeders.  Breeders are fun too though. 
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    Now i understand.  Yes, you can do that.  You can purchase just weaned babies or extremely pet quality parrots.  You should be able to hold them, cuddle them, pet them, pick them up etc.  There shouldn't be anything that you can't do with the bird.  (I am not talking about throwing him in the air but should be as affectionate as a 8 week old puppy).   So you have an amazon - get another (I believe male) but don't let them be in the same cage.  They can play together on their perch but don't let them sleep in the same cage.  Ble/Golds   again   get babies - male/frmales and don't let them sleep in the same cage.  Give them individual attention, and let them play individually on the perch but don't let them sleep in the same cage.  About 4 - 6 years old - you will find that they WANT to sleep in the same cage and they will get ticked - then it is time to set up nest box and flight cage ---  they will be somewhat friendly, they will talk to you, they willlet you pet their beak and occasionally pick them up.  However, you will be the intruder as they will have pair bonded.  I bought all babies and as they grew, I let them PAIR - pick their mate and pair.  All knew me and would come on over to get a tongue or head pet but only some would let me pick them up and hold them. 
  • Charlie - 2012-08-22
    You are sorta not looking at it quite right. Parrots have the intelligence of a 3 - 5 year old child, however, they are sexually mature by 5 (most of them)and can certainly take care of themselves and thier offspring in the wild. You want to allow two parrots to bond and have and incubate eggs. You want to allow them to get married and have babies and then you want them to return to you as the babies they were. Not going to happen. You will allow them to bond, to court, to mate, to raise their children and then you want to take them away from each other. That is called depression for them. Maybe you can keep one of their babies as a pet. By the way, do you have any idea how much it costs and how much time it takes to have babies. Finches/lovebirds,parakeets - easy. Amazons - sometimes they will play football with the eggs, Blue Golds, them too. Some times they won't sit the eggs because there is no flock to show them that is what they are supposed to do - so have you purchased an incubator? They run minimum $2000.00. Are you prepapred to hand feed if the parents can't or won't? That will take you a few minutes and it is initially every 2 - 3 hours around the clock - skipping one time during the night to make sure they completely empty. Are you prepapred to give them the polyoma shots? Are you prepapred to provide cultures to the vet prior to shipping or selling? Do you want pets or do you want breeders. Rarely can you have both.
  • weko - 2012-08-21
    I wish to make them my pets and later breed them as a long term investment. BTW I am also living in a flat :) I don't want to buy old macaws. I want them to treat me like a leader or a father :)
  • weko - 2012-08-22
    So after they pair and give some eggs can I split them again to next year ? I mean after they give eggs or better keep them ? Will they become aggressive ? If I am not mistaken they give eggs only once a year right ? When ?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-23
    Much better to wait till you are in a home.  In a flat, the noise is going to drive your neighbors crazy and you sure won't be making any friends.  I'd check the laws of the flat before anything.  I sure wouldn't try and breed in a flat.  Birds, outside a flock, do not dsee other birds, incubating, feeding and caring for their young.  So a bird in your home - may never breed at all.  They don't know what it is - so some just don't do it.  Incubate - same thing.  Some seem to know HOW and others do not have a clue.  So egg is something to play catch with.  If that happens for a couple of clutches, you might decide to use an incubator.  If you seel you babies directly to people - you probably won't need shots.  However, if you sell them to stores or at conventions - do you want to take the chance that your babies will cath polyoma - probably not so you give them shots.  You also need to band or microchip your babies to identify where they were hatched.  Sometimes birds will feed the young and sometimes they won't.  If they do not, then you feed every two hours around the clock for about 3 - 4 days, then every 3 - 4 hours for another 3 - 4 days and then about ever 5 hours around the clock.  Finally you get it down to three times a day when they are around 4 weeeks and then twice a day and finally just at night -  this process takes at least 8 weeks.  Starting in a home with property is a much better idea cuz you probably won't get thrown out of your home but you probably will get tossed out of the flat.  Birds will pair bond at any age and if a fella is sterile, he is just as sterile at 2 years old as he is at 20.  Might want to think about starting with something easier than amazons and macaws. Why not lovebirds?  You can learn and little noise and so cute.
  • weko - 2012-08-22
    Polyoma shots ? How and why ? I am ready for almost everything yet my parrot is young. I think after what you said I won't buy a male now. I think I'll wait for a year or something to buy it. I guess I'll stick with one macaw and one double yellow as pets and that's it for now, but I am concerned that later I won't find a male or maybe I'll find one but then he will be sterile. I've seen some clips for double yellow head raising the babies without the need of incubator and in a flat and a normal sized cage . What's your suggestion and btw I live in a flat in 3 or 4 years I'll move to a big house
  • weko - 2012-08-23
    I dont really like love birds , I want macaws or amazons , btw I can show u the youtube clip if u want about the amazon family
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