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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T.Gansen - 2010-05-12
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 - 2010-09-08
    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.
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Lauren - 2010-06-09
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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  • Rey - 2010-07-24
    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.
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Diana de Guerrero - 2010-06-08
Hi,
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.

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Jane - 2010-03-13
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. :)

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LESLIE SIGMON - 2010-02-06
This comment is to Suzy Wiberg. If you are interested in someone taking your bird email me. I have a yellow naped amazon that needs a companion.

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Ana Victoria - 2009-12-30
Amazona auropalliata is an endangered species here in Costa Rica. Once widespread, now becoming very scarce. Because of the fact that many want this parrot as a pet, there are many poachers in this country that trap these psittacids. You can see many cages full of young birds, many of them die. If you want a pet, get a homeless dog/cat, not an endangered species like this one. I hope you don't erase this comment.

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Sarah - 2009-12-02
OMG I agree, my boyfriend has had his for 23 years since it was a baby and that bird hates everyone but him but also strangely loves babies. I like the bird but he screams A LOT. He will scream DAVE DAVE DAVE, then he gets really mad and screams DAVID even louder lol. I tried to work with him and the first night he bit me soooooo hard that he left a mark on my arm, where his beak didn't quiet penetrate, for a week and a nasty bruise. Now I have experienced child birth twice, but when he bit me I cried. He also bit me another time, but he felt threatened because we were moving houses. I went to shift his cage a little and he got my finger, which felt like it was slammed in a car door. He's a cool bird but they take alot of work and I agree when they say you need to respect their space, I've learned the hard way a couple times.

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Rick Sizemore - 2009-07-11
We have a Yellow Nape and we named it

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tim - 2009-06-18
Parrots are not pets in the traditional sense, like a dog or a cat. They are not domesticated animals. They are identical genetically to their wild counter parts. They are wild animals. They are going to be naturally noisy during certain times of the day. They bond with their humans, and consider them to be their "flock leaders." They are going to be loud, messy, and a little nippy from time to time. If you are unwilling to accept these facts, you should not be parrot owner. I have had my yellow naped Amazon Clyde for 17 years, since the day he was born. I got him from a breeder and learned so much from her on the "do's and don'ts" of parrot ownership. He is the joy of my life, and I feel thankful for him every day. He rarely nips, will go to other people, and when he gets a little too loud, I start calling out his favorite words and he settles down. Parrots are special creaures for special people. For true animal lovers. They need a little more understanding then a dog or a cat, or even a goldfish.

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Tim Calahan - 2009-06-17
I have owned my yellow nape for all of his 17 years. Clyde is loud, parrots ARE loud, especially in the morning when we are waking up together. As I go about my morning routine getting ready for work, I yell out a few of his favorite words and call back back and forth to each other. He has bitten me a couple of times. But, I deserved it. It was times when he wanted to be left alone and I didn't notice his body language. By the way, I live on the 5th floor of a condo complex in downtown Denver. A parrot is a wild animal, not a domesticated pet like a dog or a cat. You must allow for the wild instincts, such as calling out to its flock occasionally, if you are going to share your home with one of these amazing creatures. Only true animal lovers should ever be lucky enough to be "owned" by a parrot.

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