The Orange Winged Amazon Parrot

Orange-Winged Amazons are independent and affectionate friends

Orange-Winged Amazon

Orange-Winged Amazon

The Orange Winged Amazon parrot is an independent, playful bird that has a distinctive orange color on his wings, crown, cheeks, and tail.

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.

Orange-Winged Amazons are better at mimicking than talking and can be more temperamental than the Blue-Fronted Amazons, but are not as temperamental as the Yellow species of Amazons. They can be very affectionate and many are said to be friendly and clever.

To read more about Amazons as pets, please visit our Amazon page. There you will find more in-depth information about Amazons and how the group as a whole relates to humans.

If you are an experienced bird owner and can handle the loud vocal ability of the Amazon, then the Orange Winged Amazon parrot might be the right pet bird for you.

Fast Facts

Name Orange-Winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica)
Origin Northern and central South America
Size 13 in.
Color Differences These birds are mostly green with hints of blue on their throat and crown, orange on the underside of their tail, yellow-orange on their crown, wings, and the front of their cheeks.
Average Cost $500-1100
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 More temperamental than some other species of Amazons, quick learners, better at mimicking sounds than talking, independent, loyal, some are 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 at mimicking sounds and many are good talkers. They are also easy to train.
Interaction/Time Requirements Since Amazons are prone to obesity, these birds need at least 3-4 hours of exercise outside of their cage everyday.
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.
See How Orange-Winged Amazons Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!

Orange Winged Amazon Parrot Videos

“Orange Wing Amazon Burping”

This is a very funny video that shows how good Orange Winged Amazons can be at mimicking sounds.

“Gabby orange winged Amazon Parrot talking and having fun”

This is a very cute video of an Orange Winged Amazon talking and having fun.

“Soprano Practicing Bicycle Race”

This is a great video that shows the range of talking, mimicking, and even singing of Orange Winged Amazons.

Orange Winged 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.

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6 replies
  1. chris
    chris says:

    Hi I wrote about a year ago about us getting our parrot from a friend that was moving. he now sits on our shoulders. kisses us and loves to be petted all on his terms of course. he doesn’t talk but he is loud . we love him and are really enjoying him. so glad we took him. chris

  2. chris
    chris says:

    we just got a 35 year old orange winged parrot from our friends who are moving and cant take him. he is so cute and he loves to be out the cage. but he doesn’t come on our arms or shoulders. we are hoping its because he isn’t use to us. we only had him 2 weeks. we are all ready enjoying him. and info will be appreciated.

    • Jay
      Jay says:

      Hello I’m going through the same ordeal . atm . I just got a 24 yr old female orange winged amazon. And she will sit on my shoulder but I have to go get her .she lives cage free. She’s not a biter but will scream.. I wanna be able to love on her .can someone help me? Plz. TIA.

  3. Finlay (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)
    Finlay (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) says:

    Mr. Claypole
    orange winged amazon parrot
    Mr. Claypole yawning in the morning!
    My orange winged amazon is a beautiful parrot. He doesn’t have the ability to speak, though many do. He loves his baths and we mist his cage once a day. He enjoys singing All About That Bass when it comes on the radio! He does laugh though. If everyone starts laughing in the room, he starts laughing too!

    They are really great parrots and you can develop strong bonds with them. I could never live without Mr. Claypole. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost him. He loves to fly about the room and sit on the windowsill. He comes out of his cage to eat and his food dish and water dish is on a T stand so he has to anyway. His favourite food is dried banana and monkey nuts.

    We have taken him out to fly on his harness once. He really enjoyed the walk and he certainly got a lot of attention! They are great parrots for beginners. Like I said, you can develop amazing bonds with them. I couldn’t ever ever EVER live without Mr. Claypole. You will definitely want an Orange Winged Amazon!


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