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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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.
This goes back to the days of sailing ships... In 1919 my grandfather got a yellow-naped from a Boston friend who in turn got it in South America. He saw them himself when he was in SA himself. They have no idea how old he was, but he was a talker even then. He had his likes and dislikes. He kept in good health, until he died at the same time my grandmother passed away in 1974. I know that this was a long time ago, but I thought it might be of some interest...
Despite how wonderful this site is, not all of the YNA's traits have been discussed. The biggest thing is that while there are YNAs that enjoy the whole family, it is also extremely common for them to bond to ONE person, which causes friction in a household if there are other people there. For instance, my YNA has bonded to my boyfriend, and so now I can't go near the bird at all, or else I'll get bitten. The bird was originally my sister's (she now has a kid and so I'm taking care of the bird), and it was the same when she got married and her husband moved in. The parrot bonded to her husband, and would get nippy with my sister. I would be wary of this species if you have kids or if you're a new owner. Their bites can be extremely painful and can cause serious damage.
Also, since they're some of the best talkers of the parrots, their natural tendancy is to be loud. There may be those who only scream at night or in the morning, but there are also a lot that scream whenever they're not getting what they want (which is usually attention). And it's not like a little squeak, it's extrenely obnoxious and can really hurt your ears.
So yeah--there are some things about YNAs that are wonderful, and they are very entertaining and talented, but before getting one just remember that it's not going to be unicorns and rainbows all the time.
De Ette Wood
Hello, my name is DeEtte. We purchased our Yellow Nape Amazon Rocky 10 years ago. He was only 8 weeks old and we had the opportunity to hand feed him until he was 12 weeks old. He has the vocabulary of over 400 words and often uses them in sentences in conversational content. We are currently searching for another Nape for family members as they have fell in love with Rocky, kidnapped, and demanded a location of a baby for his return, at any cost. Rocky laughs, crys, calls the dogs and tells them to hurry before they get cold, demands food (we eat a healthy diet and our vet approved our diet to share with Rocky). He is on a primary diet of Sunseed Parrot Pellets and refuses to eat any other brands of Pellets. He has never ate "seeds" but is allowed pre-cracked nuts.
I have owned Baby Cakes ( Cakers) since he was 4 mths and he is now 7 years. He can be challenging with his play biting some days but mostly he is a wonderful companion. I have had many different types of parrots over the years and have felt a bond with my Amazon more than any other parrot. He is DNA'd a male and fiesty and lovable all in one big green body. He sings the whole Happy Birthday song almost everday since I taught him 4 years ago.(It is my Husbands birthday everyday now!) He talks very clearly and laughs. When I have company over they just cut up laughing at him when he laughs.
I have now bought an adorable baby Double Yellow Male and hope to establish a close relationship with him as well. Love their outging nature!
My family was given a ten year old Yellow-nape Amazon for Christmas last year. She has been the most wonderful bird! We let her out of her cage during the day. She stays on the top. She talks so much! She sings music scales and then she sings 5 different songs. She will whistle songs. She pretends she is on the phone all the time! She now rings like the phone! She needs lots of attention but she is worth it! I hold her two days a week. She is quite moody but also very loving. I love our parrot!
I live in Saudi Arabia and i have my Keeko yellow nape since 4 years.
He is a wonderfull pet, he sings 5 songs and says many words.
I like him and he feels happy when he sees me and likes to play with me. He steps on my hand easily.
Keeko is a great pet.
hi my name is trevor, im 14 and i have a yellow naped amazon with a little panama in him. his name is goose because of his loud and annoying screeches! instead of finding ways to shut him up i found that its easier just to give him what he wants, attention. these are social birds and have 1 special person as there partner. if that is you, they are probably calling for attention from you! i also found that he is very protective of me also. his perch is in my room and whenever my dad comes in to wake me up he immediatly flares his eyes and feathers at him! my dad has also tried many times to pet or hold him, but goose bites and acts weird when hes around! i think its funny! thank you, just wanted to share
p.s. i think a parrot or just a bird is the greatest pet for any one loving
Hi my name is Will and i have a yellow naped amazon, her name is Kiwi and she is lots of fun. Early in the morning when she wakes up she starts calling me or my girl MAMA! until we wake up, and as soon as we wake up and she sees us she says HI KIWI WAKE UP and then after she greets us with that. she starts to ask how we are doing and that shes a crazy bird when she hangs upside down in her cage. right now she is 3 1/2 years old and she is a wounderful bird to have and to be with.
Hi My name is Shirley, I have had my Yellow Naped for 24 yrs. He is a charmer. Loves the whole family. He can sing several songs including Happy Birthday. He imitates several animal sounds. He can sing a certain song by the way I wave my hand. He has been healthy all of his 25 yrs. He does have some swear words that he picked up from his previous owner during his first year of life. He still remembers them at times, especially if he gets mad or excited or people are loud. He even remembers his previos owners name of 24yrs ago, which was Clare and Tony. He mimics a radio scanner, this is so funny. We feed him fruits and green veg. and parrots food sold commerically. Loves pizza crust! He loves the shower. I bring him in the shower with me and he perches on a shower rail and seys OH BOY. he just loves the shower. I even shampoo him and dry him with a dryer.
He sits on the toilet seat and loves the air from the dryer. "Take a while to dry a bird!!" I just love this guy, he has been very entertaining.