Animal Stories - Yellow-crowned Amazon


Animal-World Information about: Yellow-crowned Amazon

   The popular Yellow-crowned Amazon is a very green bird, but with a pretty yellow crown!
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Barb Foltz - 2013-02-23
We have a 25 year old Amazon who just laid an egg! She has never done this before and we are shocked! Is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-23
    It does happen. Nothing to be concerned with.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    This is not unusual, and the bird is likely very happy if it's laying. I would watch out, though and make sure to feed any hen laying calcium rich foods like a little cottage cheese, yoghurt, spinach, Kale and other high calcium foods as you can. Let birdie's vet know that she's laying and if she lays one egg after another, watch out for signs of hypocalaemia (twitching, seizures and if she breaks a bone, get to the vet ASAP. Also, make sure that she has frequent servings of vitamin A rich foods and exposure to natural sunlight! Good luck.
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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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Callum Sansom - 2012-12-10
My parrot keep's scratching all over and making noises Could she have mites?

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Geralyn M. Schneider - 2012-03-24
I have a yellow crown yellow nape 15 month old male Amazon, and am desperately seeking information regarding the possible sexual behaviors, as just in the last week, he has begun behaving very strangely, and I don't know if it is neurological problem (it almost looks seizure like), or if it is sexual behaviors. Could someone who knows, please provide me with specific information of their sexual behaviors? When I describe the behaviors to bird experts or vets, they say it sounds possibly sexual, but the bird is too young, or think it sounds neurological which is very frightening to me as I have become so very attached to this bird. Help, please!!!

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  • April - 2012-04-07
    I have a male yellow front amazon that when he sits with me he does the same sounds that you are talking about. Is he near you when he does this, because I am going to say they are whooing us even at a young age, because this is their breeding time, from March to May or when the weather is warm.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-07
    Try and explain to me what is going on. Birds do exhibit strange or peculiar behaviors at times - I had a bird who loved to click. She would just click - made me crazy. Had one that always slept with his toe up his nose. 15 months sounds a little young to me to be exhibitng sexual behaviors. Those aren't seisure like -
    Try and explain to me. I have had them as pets for over 20 years and i have bred them - maybe i won't have a clue but maybe - who knows. Amazons don't reach sexual matuirty until 3 - 4 years old - or older.
  • Jake - 2012-06-08
    Geralyn, I have a yellow crown she's 12 yrs old now had her since she was 8 weeks old.  Mine started getting the what I call the horny mood when she was almost 2, it starts for her around the end of feb and lasts tell about the end of may, What Sparkie does is that she rubs her vent on her bells and makes a funny sound. It sounds to me that your may be rubbing it's vent, does it make a noise when your is doing this, I know Sparkie is a female I had her DNA done, I hope to breed her 1 day, I hope this helped alittle
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philip fairbrother - 2012-09-12
I recently bought an Amazon and he is very moody.  He is aggessive when you offer him your hand but will happily fly onto your shoulder. He is very loud in the morning but settles over the course of the day. He is supposed to talk.  Four days in he has not spoken a word. He is a lovely boy and I am hoping we will become great friends. Any adeas on what I should expect when buying a 5 year old parrot - how long before he settle?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    He will settle in a little more each day but probably a couple of months before 'at home'.  Think 3 year old dressed in feathers.  It is OK - you have 50 - 60 years to work with him and become friends.  He will start talking when he is more 'at home' and hears you talk more.  Right now he is just in a hige big brand new home and everything is different.  Try and look at the world from his perspective -
  • philip fairbrother - 2012-09-13
    Thank you Charlie and of course you are right,he sat on my shoulder preening himself so I believe he is starting to trust me. Is there anything I should be doing to help him along ?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Little things you can do - when you eat your meals - or at least supper, give him a little of whatever you have that is nutricious.  You canhand it to him or you can give him a little bowl and let him eat with you.  In the wild, birds - showing affection or taking care of their young - they feed them.  You can share your food - little piece of chicken, little string bean, even a little piece of speghetti - the fact you are giving it to him is what is important.  Learn your birds body language.  When he is stretching really hard to just scrath that place on the back of his neck with his foot - ask if he would like a little help and scratch the backof his neck.  If you see a long feather on his head or back of his neck wrapped in the wax - you can very gently twirl it - just where it is white and obviously waxy to remove that white wax part.  His mate or parent would do this in the wild.  they can't reach th top of their head to get that wax of and loved being preened. Learn his language as much as he learns yours.  Parrots love to play - so 'peek' or dancing is good game.  Just learn your parrot -
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David Price - 2012-09-09
We bought a yellow crowned about 3 months ago. We were told he was male but am not convinced, he is very friendly with me leting me handle him, but will not let my wife put her hand in the cage. He is 2 years old and wondered how we go about getting him sexed.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-09
    The only 100% way to sex most  parrots is through DNA sexing.  You can purchase kits in the back of bird talk magazine and i believe they are around $25.00.  essentially what you have to do is clip a toenail a little too short so you get a drop of blood.  They don't like it much but over fast.  You can then put QUIK STOP on the toenail or flour.  Another way is too pull a feather - again DNA -  different kit but both in the back of Bird talk. 

    Your wife can try and feed him a bunch of treats withher hand - just go slow.  Bird probably had bonded to someone that looks like you or talks like you - and not used to or doesn't like women.  If the bird is this young and a yellow crown - they do pick a mate but usually a pretty good family bird.  Just like one person better than the rest but fun for all.
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Kimberly - 2012-08-28
I have a yellow fronted amazon her name is Shelby she is 25 years old and just last night laid her first egg? how many more are to pass and why all of a sudden after all these years now is when eggs are being laid. Never before has this happened. Yesterday she had gas for several hours and this morning I awoke to the egg at the bottom of her cage hole.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    It happens - some say just nature, some say a scent from other birds, some say just happens.  All females have eggs - think chickens as they lay eggs all the time without a rooster.    Not often but certainly not abnormal a female will lay eggs - obviously they are not fertile if she doesn't have a mate.  Just put the egg in a bowl of some sort or even a next box and let her have the egg.  Chances are pretty good she will lay two possibly three more over the next 6 days or so.  She will not really sit the eggs until all the eggs are laid so after the 3rd or forth egg.  Then she might sit them or maybe she won't - however, let her have them.  Let her have them till she gets bored with it or for about 28 days after the last egg is laid.  Then give her a new  toy and remove the eggs and bowl.  If you don't let her have the eggs, she possibly will continue to try and produce additional eggs running into complications or a calcium shortage.  It is not unusual and it may never happen again. 
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Abdulrahim Sn - 2012-04-04
i have amazon but not come in my hand. Help me please .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-04
    If he is a young bird, 3 months or under, than he is probably afraid of losing balance. They will grab your finger (just a grab not a bite so don't get nuts or nervous) but they use their beak to balance. He will grab your finger and then climb up. Birds go up trees by climbing using beak and feet. If it is an older bird and he is being difficult - the idea is to get him off his cage - on the floor or on your bed. Get him out and off and away from his cage, preferably on a perch. Feed him treats - fruit loops, toast, chicken with your hand till neither of you is nervous. If you make a fist with your hand and bend you fish into your arm - the bird can't bite you as there is nothing to grab. Tuck the thumb in. OK - now the bird can't bite and you can place your hand close to him and even let him try. He will realize he can't bite you and you will be less nervous. Then take your hand and place it gently under his chest and lift saying 'UP' Then have him be on a perch or back of a chair and lift him from the chest and say 'UP' Then when you get him doing that make your hands go one on top of the other and sorta force him to climb your hands like stairs saying 'UP' and good bird etc each time. It is more you have to not be nervous. You are a big fella next to that little guy - he is scared. I realize you don't want to get bit but he doesn't want to get hurt so go slow until you both are comfortable. If he is young - just go on and pick the fella up.
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Howard - 2007-05-03
I,ve owned a yellow crown for 25 years. They are the most wonderful pets. Very lovable and friendly. At times they can get noisy but their love is worth it.

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  • Meirav Melamed - 2012-03-09
    Great to know some people raise parrot for long time, where is your parrot now? I own a 6 month yellow crownded amazon. I'm verry worried that he will become very noisy and my family will not like him. Can I teach him not to be so noisy?
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Bob Rzepka - 2010-06-06
Paco is 10 years old. We got him at a pet shop when he was not yet weaned. We had to learn how to feed him before taking him home since he was not yet ready to crack seeds. He has a large vocabulary, laughs and coughs. He does't mind our dogs and is a big part of our family. Our household would not be the same without him.

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  • Maritza - 2010-08-28
    I just got myself a yellow head amazon the guy told me she is 2 1/2 month almost 3 she is still on formula once a day and starting to eat. My question from your experience, I have her now for almost 3 weeks, she doesn't want to come with me I have to force her to come, I talk softly I feed her, carry her the most I can I take her out of the cage the is not so big because of the weaning process that she is learning how to eat. How long do you think it might take before she get more sweet, I try to have everybody touch her and talk to her. Thank you, for your answer..
  • audra - 2011-07-26
    Birds get attached to one person and they don't like anyone else. I had a bird for about three years. He was my best friend he went everywhere with me and I sold him to a family and he was very mean to them. He would not eat or anything. They called me and I went to there house he came right to me. When you buy a bird buy it as a baby because when you buy one that is older it is attached to the owner that had it before.
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