The Orange Winged Amazon Parrot

An independent and affectionate friend

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 amazon parrot

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 “

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

“New Orange Winged Amazon “

Video by toxicwishesThis is a very cute video of an Orange Winged Amazon interacting with her owner. 

“Soprano Practicing Bicycle Race “

Video by pillowthebirdThis 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 these reasons, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Amazon. Whether your Amazon 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 Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about parrots and how he can help you train yours.Below is one of Chet’s videos that discusses how to train your Amazon to take a bath. In the beginning, he reads an email from a couple who bought his training course and were very successful. They go on to ask about their Amazon’s problem with taking baths. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses are and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is really only the first step in getting your bird tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Amazon even further.
For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.
Orange Winged Amazon Parrot Education

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  1. chris March 8, 2019 at 11:28 am - Reply

    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. Jay January 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This is the 24 yr old I’m talking about..

  3. chris March 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    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 January 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Jay January 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        This is the 24 yr old I’m talking about..

  4. Finlay (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) April 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    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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