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The Yellow-naped Amazon has just about the best reputation a pet bird can have!
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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.
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.
We have a Yellow Nape and we named it
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.
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.
To Ross: You mustn't be a true animal lover. Yes they can be loud. Yes they can bite. IT'S A PARROT! I've had my nape for 18 of her 22 years. I'm definately hers, but she goes to my son with just a warning from him. Don't you know there are exceptions to every rule. I think the bird knows you don't like him. All animals can sense things people can't. I'm glad the bird is away from you.
Update on Ginger, our bird of 32 years. He didn't make it. He passed away this morning. We had a very good Vet and if he could be saved I'm sure this vet would have done it. The Vet just moved to Columbus, Ohio from Westminster, CA and also teaches at Ohio State. It's difficult to find doctor's just for birds so if you have a wonderful pet bird make sure you get one lined up just in case. Lot's of vets treat birds but not all can really handle extreme emergencies.
We have had our yellow nape for 32 years. Ginger was a girl until about 6 years ago and we had her DNA'd. The Vet left a message on our phone. "Congratulations, Ginger is a boy". We still call him Ginger. He has a huge vocabulary. When the phone rings he calls "Teri, it's for you". Sometimes he uses one of our other 4 children, but Teri was the phone kid. He still calls every dog and cat we've had for the last 32 years. He has always been sweet but became irritable when our children all left home. They are all in their 40's now. He became a terrible feather plucker and required lots of attention & noise - like kids give! We are in the process of moving permanently across country. Therefore, Ginger is living in our office. Today was a sad day for sure. A customer brought her dog in and Ginger pecked the dog on the nose (which he has always done to our dogs). The dog attacked him and he is now at the Vet's on oxygen. Ginger stays on his cage but he goes to the bottom outside to greet. He is like a member of our family. The Vet gives him a good chance but he also was diagnosed with liver disease which they say is common with the yellow nape.
I have a beautiful Yellow-naped Amazon who is 11 years old. I broke my back last month and have to sell him and his French special-ordered cage, as I cannot care for him, and financially, I am forced to make this tough decision. I live in MD.
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I have a yellow nape. I rescued him from a very very bad home, and when i got him home he had molted terribly. He was very nippy and wouldn't allow anyone to touch him, and he squaked in fear. I spent hours and hours a day sitting outside his extra large cage just talking to him and reassuring him i wouldnt hurt him in any way. Over a period of weeks he began to trust me and allowed me to rub his head and feet, but he was still kind of nippy. Not giving up on buddy, i began to get his trust and he was letting me hand feed and rub him under his wings. He was also beginning to talk to me. Seeing that buddy was banded i guessed he was born in captivity and his wings had never been clipped. I would let him out of his cage and he could fly for short distances. Now after a month i could let buddy out of his cage, go sit down, and he would hop across the floor until he found me. He would crawl up my pant leg, roost on my shoulder, and mumble in my ear. I have had buddy for 5 years now and he is the most wonderful bird with a vocabulary of about 70 words. What i have noticed is that i am the only one buddy allows to handle him the way i do. I guess he bonded greatly with me. I have also noticed when i am not in the room for buddy to see me, he squawks until he gets my attention. I also have a giant alaskan malamute named cody, he weighs 170 pounds, and a female siberian huskey named josie. Buddy has learned to call cody and josie and it is the funnyest thing to see my two dogs coming to see who's calling them, and its buddy. I would highly recommend a yellow nape to anyone willing to spend the time to teach and get to know the personilty of their bird, because they are wonderful birds.