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The Yellow-naped Amazon has just about the best reputation a pet bird can have!
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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 -
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.
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
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.
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 -
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.
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 -
You can watch in you tube and search for "nando sings oklahoma"
David Brough -
The video is awesome! I just posted it on the
Yellow-naped Amazon page
. Thanks for sharing!
I am from the US, I have lived in nicaragua for one year. I paid $65 usd for a yellow-naped amazon 1 and a half years old she speaks spanish and is the best pet I have ever owned.
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anne gammell -
How much do they cost to buy?
Colum Muccio, ARCAS, Guatemala -
Robert, You should have called the police on the person who was selling the bird rather than pay for it, even out of sympathy. It's unfortunately people like you who are fueling the illegal pet trade!
I have been reading all of the entries here about yellow naped Amazon parrots and find them very interesting. I, too, have had a nape for more than 20 years. His name is Emma, his original owners thought he was a girl, and he is quite a bright and interesting bird. Emma likes to have things his own way; he can be a very sweet and engaging pet and there are times that he can be formidable. He prefers women but I am his care giver and he likes me well enough. I agree that parrots are not like dogs or cats, they have their own ideas about how to live with other life forms and those ideas must be respected or you will be unhappy and have a very unhappy animal companion. The happiest pet parrots, yellow napes or others, that I have seen are those individual birds that are the center of their human's life. Those birds seem truly happy and excited to be alive. Anyone who keeps a pet parrot in a cage all the time should not be permitted to have one. Of course, there are no laws that enforce that, but you really ought to know what you are doing to an animal. My Emma is a wonderful bird. I imagine that Emma and any other parrot would be happier living with a flock of parrots in the wild, but that cannot be, so I will do the best I can to provide the best life for him.
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Christine Bell -
I always wanted an amazon parrot as my grandfather had one for many years. My grandfather was his second owner. After grandfather died the son of the first owner asked for the parrot back - i think this parrot was over 50 years old! Anyway i now have five amazon parrots. 2 orange wing, 1 lilac crown, 1 blue front and olivia my yellow nape. Olivia is the only amazon i have that talks up a storm. I never intended to buy her but as a baby in the pet store she hollered " hellllloooo, well heelllloooo there. " and that was it i couldn't resist her. She has been talking ever since. The strange thing is that as soon as she sees the people she knows she starts talking but when i bring relatives or friends over - not a word. Funny bird. I keep all my birds in a heated aviary that is pretty big. I'm lucky to live in the country where i could build such a place. My husband is allergic to birds so i can't bring them in the house. All my birds are flighted and i hang many toys and swings from the ceiling which is a grid. So far all my birds get along well. I have three girls and two boys. They are all fairly young ( around seven years old) except for my blue front who is about 13. I keep hearing about hormones making the birds more aggressive but so far i see no sign of this. They are all so full of personality. Also despite they have each other and are out all the time ( no cages) they still flock to me when i arrive and enter the aviary. They never lost any of their bond to me. (all were hand fed as babies). I wonder what to expect as they get older. However my 13 year old blue front, zoie is also quite friendly and mild.
I'm from Saudi Arabia, and I decide to buy a yellow napped next week after I read your encyclopedia article.
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shebu John -
I have been trying to buy a yellow naped baby weaned, since the last 3 months, I work in Kuwait, I would like to add this one too to my GW Macaw & African Grey. Can you advise from where I can get one? I have tried a lot with many suppliers most of them don't ship or don't have yellow nape. I love them.
My father bought his Yellow naped amazon from a guy at LAX in Cali. 15+ years ago. Times got tough and he sold the bird to my grandmother(my father has since passed away), now my grandmother is having troubles with her health and the bird(Max) is getting harder to care for. She is leaving him to me in her Will, however she said I need to come up and get him, this summer when we go north to visit.
She lives with my aunt, and over the years Max has acquired many of the same attitudes I've read in the posts on this sight. I have 3 little girls at home and I would hate myself if I brought him home and he bit one of my daughters. If my dad was still alive he would say to boil the bird and make a good soup outta his butt...LOL. I would never do that though....can anyone help....please.
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kris warner -
Not sure how long ago you wrote this about your yellow naped amazon. I'm curious to know if you still have this bird and how is the bird adjusting? I am in process of shopping for a yellow nap. Of course I would like to have a baby or possibly adopt or get one that is older. So being that your bird now has been shuffled around I just wanted to know how the bird is adjusting. I'm just skeptical of buying or getting a bird that has had previous owners.
God bless you for your time and loving comments for animals. I have recently been "blessed" with a yellow Amazon that I believe is the proper name. It is green with yellow on the head, beautiful maroon colors on the wings, along with some blue in the same area. This bird's Mother passed away and the daughter could not keep her. The vet I know across the street from my house suggested me (thanks) and I have adopted "it". It is supposedly a female, but I am not sure because of the behavior. "Daisy" named for her yellow head, totally freaks out if you try to use gloves or a towel to get her/him out of the cage, but when it came to me, the nails were overgrown, the beak too long and split, and it appears to be so heavy that it can hardly walk across the top of my two Cockatoos cage in which it shares living quarters. (My dining room is an aviary now, with a parakeet, Mommy Cockatoo and Son Baby (I believe male because it acts like its Dad who perished from an aneurism or heart attack @ age 6). My Cockatoos are fine and try to interact w/the Amazon, who is placed next to Ellie (Mom) whom I have taken to nursing homes, Pre-K and the beach, but now she plays w/her Son. She talks to Daisy, but Daisy is lethargic, will not come out of the cage even though I keep it open all day. I am concerned about the beak. I had to take a towel to get it out of the cage, cut its nails, filed the split off of the beak and gave it a shower. During a storm, it was on the top of the cage and when I tried to catch it, came down to the floor. That was the one moment I was able to get it on my shoulder (it was tired from trying to get away on the floor), and I talked to it, sang to it, had "alone" time w/it during a bad storm. I have a German Shepard/Dobie I adopted who plays w/my Cockatoos and is interested in this new bird. Daisy was raised w/a Chihahua~big difference. My questions are: Should I file down the beak more because it appears to "hang" on the side of the cage which I think means it is trying to file down its own beak. It is still pretty long. The bird does talk, (sounds very strange compared to my dainty Cockatoo Mom and its funny young Son), says I love you, look at that, and then does this motion where it extends its wings and just yells. I just laugh at it. It is a biter,and I have tried not to give it attention when that happens but I have taken 10 stitches to my lip when I tried to kiss the male Father once and will not do that again w/this bird. This bird appears not to have been taken care of for a while and the woman that gave it to me says it is very quiet here. Not really.....I think the bird is content to be with others that see good interaction w/me, but I want to see it come around more. Patience and time are necessary, but I want this bird to exercise more. I also would like to get its original cage which is very large. The bird does not eat much even though I give it fruit, nuts, seed, vegetables and water. Do you think it is the beak? Or a new home of two weeks now. (I really do not want it, but am afraid what would happen if it went somewhere else). I am medically retired (disabled), and I would rather have just my three birds, but I gave the daughter my beloved Cockatoo because I felt so bad for her and the bird is doing well in its new home. What is your advice taking in this totally different bird? Often times, what is written is not so. I found that out when my female laid her eggs in a kitty litter box w/white towels and a pillow case draped across her cage w/ a clothes pin. She refused to go in a box. I can handle my birds, no problem, I do not want to force this new bird to do things, but I have to make sure it eats. I do have a dremel file....should I try that instead of a large nail file or is this bird still adjusting? Exactly how long should the beak actually be? Thank you so much for your advice, and sorry this is long, but trying to give you background of bird so that I can have some way to judge behavioral issues. Once a biter, always a biter with these? It loves to be held just like the others, but I have to take it totally away, if and when I can take it out of the cage w/a towel which it hates. Thanks for your time and attention, you are an Angel. Lauren and birds Ellie, Cuddles, Blueberry and new "Daisy", also adopted dog Gypsy who likes to jump 8 foot fences.
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God bless you for having a good heart adopting the yellow amazon. Reading thru your post, I could tell that you have more than you want to handle. I love animals too and would like to own a yellow naped amazon. Back home, while growing up, I had different kinds of pets. To name a few, homing pigeons, 3 golden retriever, a goat, a pig, a chimp, a hen, several ducks, several cats. Even had a 50 gallon fish tank. I also trained my dogs tricks myself. I didn't even read a book on how to train them but just figure it out by myself. As you can see the only thing I haven't tried is a bird.
I am now married with three kids and live in the suburbs of chicago. If you ever find that taking care of daisy will be too much for you to handle because of your medical condition, I would be very happy to give daisy all the love and care in the world.
My wife is a registered nurse and is working in a nursing home, and i use to work in the same nursing home as a supervisor. Please let me know if you are willing to let me give daisy all the care she needs.
Diana de Guerrero
I hope that you haven't gotten rid of your bird yet! He's been with you for such a long time and you'r his family. Birds with behavioral problems end up getting shuffled from one owner to another when nobody knows what to do with them and in the process get worse and even neglected and abused. As others have said, these birds need so much personal attention along with just food, water, toys and a clean cage. Before anything else you should have him checked by a vet because there could be something else going on. Birds who have vitamin deficiencies or are sick can become aggressive. Very importantly have you looked into clicker training your bird? There are several very fine and free bird click training groups in yahoo whose members are very dedicated to helping precisely this kind of problem. Teaching your bird trivkd is a fun way to spend with him and gives you a kind of authority and can help. There's also a behavioral modifying group in yahoo groups; I can't remember the exact name but it has initials...it's something like BAS... It follows Susan Friedman's approach to behavior modification. In this group you fill out a form in which you describe fully your bird's bad behavior, the antecedent and your reaction to it. You'll be assigned a leader who takes you step by step of the way to analyze and help you with your problem. You can't expect miracles and it could take a long time to change your bird, but I've done it with a rescued neglected Double Yellow head Amazon.
Hi all. I ran across this interchange & I agree entirely with so many of you. I don't have a yellow nape, but have a blue and gold macaw named Sebastian. He's 12 years old. He is the love of our lives, but my husband and I realize that bringing him into our lives was actually making the decision to be a parent to a smart, cute, active, funny, but very DEMANDING two year old for the rest of our lives. He loves us all, but I think the nature of their usually bonding with one mate for life also makes them prone to have one person that they favor of the others. I'm SO glad that we have that little boy. He is a center of our world, but we were also lucky that my husband and I were in the perfect position to spend all of the time and attention with him that he needs. Our daughter was 18 when we got him and was another caretaker and buddy for him until she went off to college. Recently, my husband and I retired.
People really need to know what they are getting into when they purchase or adopt one because they do require much more love and attention than your average dog or cat, IMHO, and many times - as is the case with Sebastian - they have a long life span & may outlive you. Also, if you are absolutely sure you want one, it really is an excellent idea to adopt one before you consider buying. I've seen many who need a good home and I think that unless they have just gone crazy with grief from lack of attention (which happens to some, by the way & extreme feather picking is a symptom), you can usually make them very happy again very quickly with just telling them how great they are & encouraging them - just as we do with our kids. :)