Amazons are an independent and talented friend
The Amazon parrot is an independent, playful bird that will always keep you entertained with its excellent talking and singing abilities.
Someone once said (we’re not sure who) that, “If African Greys are the college intellectuals, then Amazons are the class clowns!” We completely agree.
Amazons can vary between species, though, when it comes to talking and singing abilities. Some are good family pets while others are mostly one-person birds and may even attack other family members. Many Amazons can also go from cuddly and quiet to aggressive and loud in an instant. They are best suited for more experienced bird owners because of this unpredictable behavior.
Some species are more outgoing while others tend to be shy. Most Amazons are loud in the mornings and evenings, but some are more vocal than others. Because of this, they are not suited for apartment living.
Amazons also have great body language, so it is not difficult to tell when they are agitated. When an Amazon is spreading his tail feathers, dilating his eyes, and raising the feathers on the back of his neck, you need to steer clear or he may bite you.
Amazons are great talkers and some can sing entire songs and even opera! The tone and clarity of their voices are excellent. However, some species may only learn a few words and mimic sounds. Amazon parrots also make a sound when they are happy or content that some people relate to a cat purring. This is a good sound.
If you are an experienced bird owner and can handle the loud vocal ability of the Amazon, then this talented parrot might be the right pet bird for you.
Types of Amazon Parrots
|Name||Amazon Parrots (Amazona)|
|Size||9-18 in., 250-700 grams, depending on subspecies|
|Color Differences||All have a base green color while their head colors can vary between red, yellow, green, blue, white, and lilac.|
|Lifespan||up to 50 years or more|
|Noise||Amazons have a loud vocal ability and most are very loud. Amazons are most well suited for living in a house instead of an apartment.|
|Qualities||Independent, loyal, talkative, not shy, enjoy showing off, love being the center of attention, playful, enjoy human companionship, tend to cuddle only on their terms, some can be strong-willed and unpredictable (especially during breeding season), many become aggressive and bite during breeding season, very loud voices, prone to obesity.|
|Abilities||Excellent – Most are great talkers and singers, good at mimicking sounds, and easy to train.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Some species of Amazons need more human interaction than others–these are rather independent birds. However, the time requirement depends on the subspecies.|
|Diet||Amazons are prone to obesity, so a good diet for large parrots and lots of exercise are a necessity. Seeds should be fed in moderation because they contain a lot of fat. Amazons are also prone to Vitamin A deficiencies, so foods high in Vitamin A are good.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for large birds.|
Amazon Parrot Videos
Amazons are very talented birds. This video shows Groucho, the well-known Yellow-Naped Amazon from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, entertaining the audience by singing a variety of songs (in a variety of languages!)
“Moby, the yellow naped Amazon parrot”
Amazons can not only sing, but many have great talking abilities (mainly the yellows). This video is a great example of the Amazon’s ability to talk and mimick. They truly are a lot of fun!
“Double Yellow Amazon Parrot and I cuddling”
Amazons can also make great companions. They can be aggressive, but when handled and trained properly, they are such a joy. This video shows a Double Yellow-Headed Amazon and is a great example of how affectionate they can be.
Amazon Parrot Training
Amazon parrots can be very aggressive at times, so it is important to train them correctly right from the beginning. They need to be taught clear boundaries so they will learn not to bite or scream. Amazons can be fantastic companions. They are caring, loving, and they can become very attached. However, if not properly trained, they can be the most aggressive out of all the parrots.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Amazon. Whether your parrot is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Dave and Jamieleigh Womach. You can see many of their videos for free to get an idea of how much they know about parrots and how they can help you train yours.
Below is one of Dave’s videos about stopping your Amazon’s biting. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner.
This video is only the first step in getting your Amazon hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out the BirdTricks Training Course for taming your parrot even further.
For more information about Dave and Jamieleigh’s courses, you can visit the Bird Tricks website HERE.
- The Essential Amazon Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Amazon
- Find The Best Amazon Cage
- Toys Your Amazon Will Love
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