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The Yellow-naped Amazon has just about the best reputation a pet bird can have!
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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. :)
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.
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.