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Amazon parrots

Amazon parrot description:

There's many species of Amazons, all originating from South and Central America, as well as Mexico.

All Amazons are stocky, short-tailed, mainly green birds.

Different species often vary little; being mostly green birds, they vary mostly in the coloration of the head, and the size of the birds, which ranges from 10" to 18" in the commonly available species.

Amazon parrot Life Span: 30 to 70 years; these are long-lived parrots!

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Amazon parrot for sale:

Amazon parrot Price: $400 to $1,000 for most species, although very rare Amazons can go much higher.

As always, try to buy a weaned bird from a breeder that handles their babies a lot. Amazons are very individual birds, and a breeder that has handled their babies and knows their personalities can help you choose the particular bird that most fits what you're looking for, unlike a larger breeder who doesn't know his/her babies - even if you buy the species you are most likely to get along with best, you may not end up with an individual that fits that same profile!

Amazon parrot diet:

Amazons generally thrive well on the standard parrot fare of pellets, fruits, veggies, etc. Being bigger birds, they usually prefer larger sized pellets and larger pieces of other foods; however, I know a few Amazons that prefer the smaller, conure sized pellets!

While the conures, of course, prefer the bigger ones... hmm. Amazons, often being somewhat sendentary creatures, are prone to becoming overweight, so try to avoid the fattier foods.

Amazon parrot cages & supplies:

Amazons are large birds, even the smallest of them, and require large cages, which, along with a good stock of toys, will encourage them to be more active.

The tiny Spectacled Amazon will do fine in a cage about 20" x 20" x 27" if it's let out often, while the mid-sized Amazons do best in something at least 2' x 2' x 3'. The bigger Amazons would probably do fine in this sized cage, as well, if they didn't have to spend much time in it, however it would be better for them to be in something at least 3' square. A large, well-stocked playpen with lots of toys will encourage your bird to be more active.

Amazon parrot grooming:

Amazons wings should always be clipped; Amazons don't tend to be big flyers, anyway, prefering to walk rather than fly, however an unclipped Amazon is as likely as not to choose the exact wrong moment to try out it's wings; i.e., when the door is left open! Those nails should be kept clipped, as well.

Some Amazons have problems with their beak becoming overgrown; this should be seen by a veterinarian, one because a novice could easily file the beak down too far, creating problems eating, and two, beak overgrowth is often caused by a vitamin deficiency or other health problem, and your vet can help you with this.

Amazons, as a genus, absolutely adore bathing, and you should provide baths often! Many Amazons prefer "showers" with spray bottles (or just hopping into the shower with their owner), however some do like to bathe in a still body of water, and you should find out which your Amazon prefers.

Amazon parrot noises level:

Amazons are very loud birds! However, most individual are not as loud as the larger macaws. They are still very high-volume birds! And they usually have once- or twice-a-day "Happy Noise Times", where they voice off just for the sheer joy of it.

Amazon parrot talking ability:

When it comes to talking ability, Amazons are known as being among the best. This does vary a great deal between species, as well as between individuals. Yellow Napes, Double Yellow Heads, and Yellow Crowns are known as being among the best talkers in the parrots world. Others aren't top talkers, although nearly every Amazon is going to learn a few things.

Amazon parrot behavior and personality:

Amazons vary a great deal in personality. Some are cuddlers; some are not. Some are out-going; some are one-person birds. Some love playing; others would rather sit still. Some... well, you get the point! And it doesn't vary by species, so much as individual.

A single clutch of Amazons can have a wide range in personality. Moreover, one personality trait shared by most Amazons is the range of personality even within the individual! Amazons tend to be "moody"; one minute cuddling down next to you, the next loud and even aggressive! Sometimes this varies by time of day or even season; during breeding season, many Amazons, particularly males, can be hard to get along with and somewhat unpredictable.

This does, somewhat, vary by species; the "Yellow Headed" group tends to be the worst. In general, Amazons are not big cuddlers, prefering you didn't hug them and cuddle them, although most love head-scritchings. Most are bold and out-going; often loving strangers and loving to perform for people. Unlike most African greys, talking Amazons are usually more than happy to show off their talent to anybody who cares to listen.

Amazon parrot breeding 

I would not recommend an Amazon to a person inexperianced in birds, first off. An Amazon owners needs to tolerate and love their bird in each of it's "moods". If you can't put up with a wide variety of personalities traits (all contained within one bird!), than it'd be better to either look at the more easy-going Amazons, or perhaps a different group of birds all together. If you're looking for a talking bird you can show off to friends, this is as close as you'll get, however don't ever buy an Amazon just for it's talking abilities! Amazons are generally not birds to have around kids; their moodiness and large size could easily result in serious injury for a small hand.

Some Amazon parrot types: 

1. The Yellow Headed Parrot Group

I include the Double Yellow Head, Yellow Nape, and Yellow Crown. There's really more species of Amazons in this group, including the Panama, but these are rarely available. All three of these birds are large; around 15" long, give or take. They're mainly green. The adult Double Yellow Head (DYH) has an entirely yellow head; the adult Yellow Nape (YN), has a yellow patch on the back of the neck, while the Yellow Crown (YC), has only a small amount of yellow on the forehead.

The YC is the least available, while the other two are quite common. They are, as a group, known as being among the moodiest and hardest to get along with; they are also known as being the most spectacular Amazons. The YC's are known as being somewhat less moody than the other two, while retaining the talking ability. All these birds are available for around $700 to $1,100.

2. Blue Front Amazon Parrot:

This bird is probably one of the best-known Amazons. It was one of the most extensively imported, and about ten years ago one of the most common. It's now somewhat less common, although still quite popular. They're, if anything, the "default" Amazon in personality and talking ability, having a typical Amazon personality and pretty good talking ability. They usually run around $700-$900.

3. Greencheeked, Lilac Crowned, and Red Lored Amazons Parrots:

This group of Amazons (which also includes the rarer Finsche's and Salvin's Amazons), are are quite closely related. The Red Lored (not Red Lord!) or Yellow Cheeked Amazon is the only one to have yellow on the face. The Greencheeked (or Mexican Red Headed) is larger and more robust than the Lilac Crown, and also generally does not have as much "lilac" on the "crown" :-) The Lilac Crown is the smallest and slenderest. All these birds are known as being much more easy-going than most Amazons, though with only so-so talking ability. All can be found for around $500-$800.

4.Orange Wing Amazon Parrot:

The Orange Wing was another very extensively imported Amazon. They're not all that popular with the public, however, so their price is pretty low; as low as $350, although $400 to $600 is more common. There's no reason for their unpopularity; they have typical Amazon personalities, and typical Amazon talking abilities.

5. Spectacled, or White Fronted, Amazon Parrot:

This little guy is the smallest of the Amazons, at only 10" long. They're known as being somewhat independant and stand-offish, and that combined with their low talking ability hasn't made them very popular. However, those that do own them know that not everything said about them is true; they do make wonderful pets! They're great for anybody who likes Amazons, but is intimidated by their size, and who doesn't much care about talking abilities. They're generally pretty inexpensive, as well; as little as $250, on up to $450 or so.

6. Mealy Amazon Parrot:

This is the largest of the available Amazons, at 18" long. Big bird! They aren't popular parrots at all; it can be hard to find them for sale. This is a shame, because they're known as having some of the best of Amazon personalities, being gentle, sweet birds. However, due to their large size, they also have an enormous voice that can rival the largest macaw or cockatoo in volume! There's a couple of subspecies, that vary as to the color on the head. The Blue-Crowned Mealy is generally regarded as the most attractive, with the Farinosa also being pretty colorful.

 
 

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