Animal Stories - Lilac-crowned Amazon

Animal-World Information about: Lilac-crowned Amazon

   The Lilac-crowned Amazon is a smaller amazon, but makes up in energy what it lacks in size!
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Anonymous - 2014-02-03
I have had my lilac for 14 years and he/she has been such a joy to have. Mine is very quiet unless he/she feels it's time to change food or water. When I first rescued my friend from an abusive owner there was no handling. I tried the glove approach boy was that a mistake! So I moved forward with a wooden perch to teach my lilac the step up routine. Still to this day I cannot just reach in the cage and and ask my bird to step up, he/she runs from me but if I stick the perch in there it isn't an issue, he/she steps right on it. I don't know if the previous owner scared my friend for life and now my feathered friend will always have trust issues. I am able to hold my bird if he/she is not near the cage. My feathered friend is very protective of me and will attack if he/she feels I'm being hurt. My husband and I were play fighting and my bird flew off the cage and attacked him and still to this day protects momma. I have my lilac in a very large cage with a double yellow nape and they are very good friends. With a little love and a lot of time you can train your feathered friend/friends but you have to be commited or a bird lover.

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.
Matt Robertson - 2005-12-25
Fido moved in with me 22 years ago and is still just as energetic as s/he was as an infant. This bird never bites, and exhibits a remarkably even-tempered, companionable disposition. S/he seems happiest when perched on my shoulder, snuggling into my cheek, or exploring around the home (preferring to walk rather than fly). If you put in the time to be this bird's friend you will be richly rewarded. However, LCA's have a bellowing screech that belies their small size, which Fido reserves for when s/he decides that less-intrusive bids for attention are not achieving the desired result.

Susan Rinehart - 2010-08-21
I adopted "Cody" from Tucson Avian Rescue Assn. (TARA) in August 2009. He had been through two owners previously. The first owners were apparently drug dealers, who one day tossed the poor bird between themselves, like playing with a ball! As a result, his left wing is permanently damaged, and he will never fly. Her other owner was a truck driver, who used to take the parrot on cross country trips. His home was in Phoenix. Somehow, Cody made his way to Tucson, and into the rescue. Once I saw him, I fell in love with him. We guesstimate his age to be around 8 years old. We brought him home, and he adapted very quickly to our routine. He is a one-person bird. I am his mate, and if my husband tries to interact with him, Cody lunges at him. This bird is my very best friend. He loves to get his head scratched and massaged before he goes to birdy bed. He rides on my shoulder, and loves to sit on a perch in the computer room with me. He just loves being with me, and I would recommend a LCA to anyone who loves a sweet companion, and a true friend for life. Cody can be noisy, especially if he wants to get on my shoulder if I am busy, or when he is waiting for his favorite meal of fresh peas. But that is a small price to pay when I consider what a pleasure he is to share life with, and I can be happy knowing he is in a much better environment than he was before.

John & Betty - 2009-11-07
Peabody is now 7 1/2 years old and she still manages to surprize us daily.

We had just lost our 12 year old Sun Conure, Sammy, and decided about 6 months later that it was just too quiet around the house. I researched parrots and thought the Lilac Crowned Amozon had all the traits we were looking for. Active, intelligent, social - the species seemed too good to be true. Then we received a call from Animal Lovers telling us they were about to begin hand feeding a new Lilac Crowned. My wife dashed to the store and immediately fell in love with Peabody and her tiny little eyelashes. We visited her almost every day while she was being weaned and brought her home several months later.

Peabody (we discovered she was a female about two months after we named her) took to her new home and to us immediately. She bonded with both my wife and I but interacts with us in very different ways.

Betty is the comforter; Peabody comes to her for cuddles when she's apprehensive or lonely. She won't let Betty eat a piece of toast unless she gets a piece too.

I'm the playmate; she bops about when I return from work, tells me all about her day and loves to play a few rounds of "box the birdie" (not nearly as violent as it sounds - Peabody reaches out with her claws and trys to grab my hand - but it really does look like we're boxing!)

Peabody has a vocabulary of about 100 words and phrases, fairly large for a Lilac crowned, we're told, and loves to whistle the theme to "Bridge Over the River Kwai" while bobbing her head in time to the beat. Unfortuately, I'm not the best whistler and she has managed to capture my errors to perfection!

We had to board her for several months while we remodeled earlier this year. The caregivers told us that she learned how to "meow" (there were kittens in a cage across from her). We never heard her "catcall" at the store or after we brought her home. About six weeks later, Betty called to tell me that Peabody was trying to get her attention in the usual ways but she was immersed in a project and ignored her. Then she heard a little kitten cry. That caught her attention and she looked up just in time to see Peabody begin a string of plaintiff meows. Apparently this is her way to get our attention when all else fails!

I guess you can tell we really do love our little parrot...we are so lucky to have her in our lives.

Yvonne - 2006-06-06
I have a 12 year old male lilac crowned amazon, and he is definately a one person bird, I am not certain of his past. He is very sweet, affectionate and even-tempered with me, but to everyone else, he tends to be very aggresive. He never bites me, and he loves to sit on my arm or shoulder and cuddle with me or take naps. He also loves to share (healthy) food with me, and he is a enthusiastic healthy eater. He is also very quiet, usually just making his "jungle noises", he only screeches when he hears me come home from work. He is a very enjoyable companion, Im very happy i decided to adopt him.

Bre - 2008-08-28
I found my lilac crowned in California back in 1991 I have had him ever since I now live in New Mexico and he spends the summer in a large cage on our shaded porch and loves it. He has been the best pet and likes my dogs and cats over the years. He does not talk very much but mimics lots of other daily noises and whistles a lot of different tunes. This is a good parrot to start out with for his bark is worse than his bite and I would suggest this breed to anyone. Someones loss has been a major gain in my life and I would be lost without him.

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  • Dag - 2010-06-15
    Hi Bre. I've recently got a lilac crowned parrot, it has only been 20 days with me, and I'm already in love! He's 2 months old now.

    Would you please tell me how did you do with moving to another city along with your parrot? Since you mentioned that you were living in California and now you live in New Mexico. Did you drive your own car or did you take a plane or a bus and if that was the case, were you requested any documentation by any authorities? Thanks in advance for your response.
Amber Halub - 2008-11-19
My grandparents have had a female Amazon Parrot since at least the 1970's. Then in 2007, she was viciously and brutally killed by a badger that got into the house by our doggie-door. We have been mourning her death ever since she passed on July 11th, 2007. She was a great pet, a wonderful friend, and very comical. Her name was Apollo and we miss an love her very much.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-18
    Sorry about you loss, it must have been hard on you. I had to put my White eyed conure down a month and a half ago because of biting issues with him. I have a quaker parrot Odie, lutino cockatiel Lola, and a green parakeet named Brady. I've always wanted a Amazon but could never afford to buy one. Good luck to you.
robin - 2006-04-29
this is our first experience with a amazon. we learn everyday something new everyday. i have found that s/he likes to be next to my cockietiel(spelling) and is happy to talk to him. s/he is just a year old and already saying a few things that s/he learned from moe the cockietel. if we don't talk to him when coming in he will squawk until we do. he has to be the center of attention. robin

Kathleen Bartholomew - 2005-04-14
I lived with a Lilac Crown for 20 years. Harry was incredibly clever, and the most affectionate parrot I ever met. He never got aggressive, even in breeding season - just very, very amorous! He tolerated a large family, was learning constantly throughout his life, and was in all ways the most marvellous animal I ever shared my life with.

I recommend the LCA for anyone who wants an affectionate parrot.