Animal Stories - Yellow-naped Amazon


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   The Yellow-naped Amazon has just about the best reputation a pet bird can have!
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kaitlyn coppinger - 2012-12-04
I am 20 years old I have a yellowed naped amazon. I have had him for two years. A friend of mine got him two years ago, and they couldn't hold him touch him absolutely nothing. They rescued him from an abusive environment. Well anyway they had him for a few months, before I moved in. After a yr in a half of talking to him everyday, I was finally able to scratch his head through his cage and was able to let him out without coming after me. I just moved back to my moms which is a two hour commute from where I was and I brought him with me. He was a hoot the whole way here he was talking up a storm lol. But ever since we got him situated in the house he has been pressing his stomach onto his birch and litteraly sitting on it. I don't know if that's a good sign or a sign to take him to a vet. I'm very worried I have no idea how old he is but he seems to be ok. We have been here for almost three weeks now I have only let him out of his cage once because I know he will go after my mom lol. But he is so funny he knows every swear word in the book which I did not teach him. lol He woof whistles he says hello ho goodbye who dat where you going and some others that he mumbles that I cant understand lol but he is definitely my best friend and I want the best for him and I want to make sure he is ok. And I would like to know how to teach him not to bite!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-04
    What is a birch?  You say he presses his stomach into his birch.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    I think you mean 'perch'. If a bird is quiet, sitting low, and acting out of sorts it could be ill (or, it might be chilled and just trying to keep it's feet warm. Remember, parrots are 'prey' animals and are contstantly aware that they can be someone elses dinner, and therefore the HIDE SICK very effectively. They will work very hard to appear well even if they are sick, as any weak bird is driven from the flock in the wild. If you even remotely susupect the your bird is under the weather, you need to get the bird to the vet ASAP, and make sure that he has an annual 'chick up'. Also, you should get to know birdies poops and how heavy he/she is because the first sign of illness is weight loss. I weigh my bird every week on a gram scale, and if he looses weight more than 2 weeks in a row, I consult the vet. I think birdie needs a chick up... Good luck!
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Not biting... that's hard. Just be firm, and do birdie boot camp (step up training, and rewarding good behaviour with treats. IF a bird chomps down on you and they're on their perch tell them NO in a loud voice and don't pull away (which will hurt more and could tear your skin) but push back at them and if necessary, push them off the perch. If they are on your hand and bite, lower the bird and gently shake them onto the floor (safely) and tell them no... and BAD BIRD... NO BITING. Your vet can also help you futher, but basic bird boot camp is helpful. Also, try not to handle the bird when excited (when they are shouldering, strutting, pinning and shadowboxing) If you have to move them, use a stick or perch. An excited Amazon is simply not capable of excersising self control! Don't even think about touching them bare handed at times like that. You'll soon learn their body language.
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Troy - 2013-02-14
I have a 14 year old yellow naped amazon; she is a really sweet bird that I have had since she was a baby. She is very loving and never bit anyone, but whenever she sees babies or small children, she goes crazy. Her eyes dilate, tail feather spreads back and forth, and squawks very loudly. She really can't be handled or touched because she will bite. Any ideas of why she gets so crazy around babies/kids?

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Sounds like birdie is simply excited and is experiencing 'Amazon Overload'. This is common and there really isn't anything you can do about it other than to take care that the bird doesn't bite the children (or you) and that the kids don't hurt or tease the bird. He may grow out of it, especially if the bird is still young, but some things just excite certain birds. My YNA gets excited when my friend Susan or my mother visits and the only thing to do is give him a special toy and shut him in his cage. He looses all self control... poor thing! If she is out of the cage he will bite, and it's usually me who nees the bandaid... Just one of those quirky amazon things.... a birds gotta be a bird. Keep in mind that an amazon parrot is at MOST 4 generations removed from the wild. they aren't domesticated, they are still a tame wild animal! Good luck
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Rasin - 2012-10-13
Hello everyone,just wanted to let you all know that i have a male and female yellow amazon napped parrot for sale please if anyone who is interested should let me know,just wanted serious persons only who love birds. Hope to read from you all soon. Contact me at mohamedrasin123@gmail. Com

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  • raul garcia - 2012-11-06
    I live in Florida Deerfield Beach. I'm interest how much are you asking thanks phone 9544157385
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patricia - 2012-06-01
I have a yellow nape thought to be a male but not...laid three eggs but I find that she is quite aggressive towards men. She is totally bonded to me and I can do most anything with her. She even does kissing sounds for me. Her name is Coco and I adopted her 12 yrs ago. She is my little darlin I love her immensely but she wants to attack my boyfriend in the worst way....talk about jealous!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-01
    Most amazons become very bonded to one person. Some are good with the whole family but most seem to pick a 'mate' and then are real possesssive of that mate. Yep, they get jealous.
  • Carri Williams - 2012-06-07
    I have the same problem with my Parrot (Baby) She is 33 this year I have had her since I was 7 she was 1. She is EXTREMILY possessive of me. We are not sure if she really is a she?? If I am not around she is nicer to everyone.
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elaine - 2012-05-13
I inherited my yellow naped amazon last yr, but have interacted with her for about 5 yrs. No one knew for sure if she was male or female but we all assumed she was a she..well Baby is about 25yrs old and she just night before last laid her very first egg...she is so in love with me, my husband says she loves him also but shes in love with me...did that cause her to lay an egg after all this time..I do spend all day with her and we are very close and hands on, she wouldnt allow her former owner to do any of the things we do with her. She allows me to hold her upside down and she has bitten me many times...I just keep on with her and even tho it HURTS I just keep at her...I took the egg away and put it up and she doesnt seem to miss it..what would have caused her to lay an egg after all this time?

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Ronda - 2011-01-19
I have a pair of yellow-napes, that have given me many babies in the past 10 yrs. the female lays 3 eggs, and up until 2 yrs yrs. ago I would take the babies from the nest and I always found a buyer, who then would hand feed them. LAST YEAR ONCE AGAIN SHE OR HE OR BOTH ATE THE BABY. Does anyone know why this would happen? My birds are about 23 yrs. old and I feed them exact pellets and have all these yrs. Can anyone help me? Thanks so much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Stuff happens. I am not sure what I am writing is 100% true but I have heard this and I have been there and it makes sense. Many birds will have two eggs but feed only one baby. The second egg is insurance. Birds can sense if food source is short or if danger and will kill the young if they don't feel they can feed or care for it. Weather is wreaking havov with many breeders and no eggs or eating eggs seems to be occuring more frequently this year - again based on what I am being told. Also, pellets do change their formula to make it OK for international or overseas. If birds are having babies, I used to do everything to feed everything. Yes, peanut butter, manu, calcium, scrabled eggs, macoroni and cheese. They loved it. I would not count on formulas or pellets providing a complete nutricious feeding for birds --- Birds eat different and one size fits all - No Amazons don't need certain things that macaws do and I realize the pellets are different but pellet formulas do change. My guess is maybe egg broke (accident)- in which case they would eat it. Baby they knew couldn't make it or something wrong or outside conditions weather / food However, there may be no reason at all. Unfortunately we just can't always ask them
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Sorry I wasn't totally clear - yes they will eat the baby same reasons as the egg. If those are reasons. Happens a lot with caiques. They have 5 eggs and will feed 2 maybe 3. The 3rd, 4th and 5th egg might hatch but either mom and dad eat them or the other babies throw them out or eat them. Could just be mine but I had about 20 pairs and unless I got the first two babies out and started hand feeding, I had no hope for the others. I think that is different reason then what you have happened here. Just told many times - parents know and then I am also concerned about all pellets.
  • miriam - 2012-01-09
    The bird has chosen him like a mate. Your husband needs to let you only handle him. Maybe once in awhile your husband to handle stubby.
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Taylor - 2011-12-29
Hi it have a Yellow-naped Amazon, I don't know how but he hurt his foot is there something I can do to help him strenghten it??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    My guess is he will probably strengthen it on his own. It depends on what happened. If he sprained it - it should just be OK on its own. Even if he broke it - which I believe you would notice - there isn't much you can do and it will heal. If he is real young it will heal very quickly - older takes longer. If it is twisted or obviously broken you might want to think about a vet. I doubt there are many vets out there that would know what they are doing though abd avian vets (real ones) are pretty hard to find and that is what you would need.
    Probably be fine on its own though
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nick - 2011-06-02
As an expierence Nape owner (over 20 years), please think carefully before purchasing this parrot. Things to consider:

1) These are not good family pets. For those with a baby Nape or toddler Napes (2-3 years old or less), you may disagree, but wait till the sexually maturity of the bird begins. I probably did not get a bite that drew blood till he was about 4 years old (and have received, I am sure hundreds since, my hands are scarred) The Napes behavior will change and can be very aggressive even to the primary caretaker, depending on the birds hormonal changes. They would fit best into households with preferably no children or older children. A young child could be seriously hurt or scarred from an adult Nape.

2) Yellow Napes are endangered in their natural habitats. If you purchase a Nape, it should be from a reputable domestic breeder. There are many parrots that have been given up by their owners (consignment birds). Consider adopting one.

3) As much as I love my parrot, if I had to make the choice to do get him again, I would not. These birds are not really domesticated (only a few generations removed from the wild) and I am sure they would be happier in the wild. I am the only one in my family that my Nape tolerates. My wife and children are very freightened by him. Especially my 6 year old daughter who is terrified that my Nape will get her. It is not an ideal living situation for the Nape or my family. But I am trying to give him the best life I can, he has only bonded to me.

4) Please do not look at this bird for it's beauty and want to collect it. Chances are you will be sorry.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    I am not positive but pretty sure that most amazons become or turn into one person birds. However, I am also positive that many of the amazons may prefer one person but they will get along with other memebers of the family. The Napes and Double Yellow Heads can be quite jealous of anything they feel getting too close to their mate. The yellow shoulder, yellow face and even the little Panama may have a preference but are usually friends to all in the family. Not strangers though. I am sorry you are having this problem. Any thoughts on your part to finding Nape a mate and allowing him/her to breed? You can enjoy your fella with his mate and then you can enjoy the baby. Breeding is not terribly easy and can be quite frustrating but in some respects very rewarding.
  • reese - 2011-06-05
    I agree totally. I own one, have had him for 28 years. I think he is awesome but is a one man bird. He is totally a mans bird. He is aggressive and can nip me once in a while but not crazy like the above mans bird. He loves to play rough and loves attention only from me. I would not reccomend this bird to anyone
  • Kathy - 2011-12-01
    You are quite right. Why should any bird be in a cage? I have three parrots that have been given up by their original owners. No one wants a mature bird they are just not goods pets. I take care of the birds because no one else wants them and they can not be returned to the wild. I love them for the creatures they are not for the entertainment value.
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Hillary - 2011-10-25
Hi, I have a yellow nape named Paco. We thought she was a boy for 15 years, until he laid an egg! ha ha. Her name is still Paco though. She is now 42 years old. I've had her the whole time. She was 1 when I got her. She is an absolute joy. She's gotten friendlier with time. She's extremely affectionate. I've been reading about some parrots here that have gotten mean as they age. I have a friend with a yellow nape that's really mean to certain people. It's a male. I wonder if the male birds tend to be meaner?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I don't think it is a male/female thing. I believe that parrrots go through life stages like humans do. They are babies and love the cuddle and pet. They are a typical two year old and into absolutely everything and sometimes get a little difficult. They are 3 year old and there is a peace once again. Then there is puberty and a teenager and they can get difficult once more and quite independent and want to show their human that they are boss. Then they become adults and settle in. They have their human trained and except for some jealousy at times are quite wonderful to live with. Much depends on the parrots stage of life and how it's human interacts with them and how socialized they are.
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imelda peraga - 2006-09-17
My name is Imelda and we have 2 male yellow naped amazons. Nando can sing the whole song Oklahoma and applauses by sound when I sing Karaoke. Emmo says "good job" after I sing. When I knock, I don't show myself first and they say, "Hello, who is it? What's your name?. When we are ready to go to work, they say,"Bye guys, I love you? If we are still sleeping, they don't make noise till they hear steps, then greet us "Good Morning". If they are ready to sleep, they tell us" Good Niiiiigght! If someone sings bad in the karaoke, my birds say "don't do that! One day my daughter Danda was going to get emmo out the cage and emmo said "Come here!" She placed her arm and emmo says "step up, go over there!" Danda was very surprised and giggling.
I taught that to them, now they tell Danda what they want to do. While I'm cooking I always talk to them and they say it over and over again, like "who is my pretty good bird? Give mommy a kiss! MMMM tsk! You like it?" You want some water? Once my two birds sings Oklahoma, my dutchhound dog Maya sings with them too. I had a ball.

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  • Imelda Peraga - 2011-09-10
    You can watch in you tube and search for "nando sings oklahoma"
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