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5 Reasons Amazon Parrots Make Great Family Pets

Amazon parrots: They'll talk and sing their way into your heart, and also try to eat all your food.

Thomas Hill

Amazon parrots are great talkers, and singers.

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Amazon parrots
are native to Mexico, South America and the Caribbean. According to Kashmir Csaky, IAABC-certified parrot behavioral consultant, Amazon parrots are full of personality and make great pets. Here’s 5 reason you might want an Amazon parrot as a pet.

1) Amazon Parrots Are Exceptional Talkers
According to Csaky, Amazon parrots are one of the best speaking birds, along with having clear speech. Kim Bear, MS, a certified animal behavior consultant, said that, "almost half the list is different species of Amazon parrots.” Amazon parrots are able to speak as many as 700 words. After the African grey parrot, the yellow-naped Amazon parrot, the double yellow-headed Amazon parrot and the blue-fronted Amazon parrot are the most talkative based on their enunciation ability and vocabulary size. 

2) Amazon Parrots Have Great Personalities
According to Csaky, Amazon parrots are energetic as babies, but become more laid back as they mature into adults. However, they are still full of fun, providing owners with a lot of entertainment. As Csaky explained, "they are very playful and active.” This provides families with a fun and active bird for all family members. Illustrating their varied personality, Amazons are happy to eat and take baths, yet they still love to play and willingly exercise.       

Blue-Fronted Amazon

Amazon parrots love to eat, but be careful that they don't become obese.

3) Amazon Parrots Are Great For Any Size Family
Bear explained that Amazon parrots, "typically will get along with people. They don’t tend to be one person birds.” Concetta Ferragamo, northeast regional director and membership chair of the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc., said that Amazon parrots, "tend to gravitate toward a favorite human companion but will generally step up for another person willingly.” So, no matter how big or small a family is, this makes a great choice for a family pet.  

4) You Can Easily Find Amazon Parrots
Bear said that there are several species readily available to adopt from pet stores and breeders. Commonly available species include white-fronted, orange-winged, yellow-naped, double yellow-headed, blue-fronted and Mealy Amazon parrots, providing families with a great choice in color and availability.  

5) Amazon Parrots Love To Perform Tricks
Ferragamo said that, "Amazons are trick trainable” with Bear seconding that.

"They’re kind of show offs," Bear said. "They like attention. They’re one of the more popular birds for teaching tricks.”

Examples of tricks Amazons perform include:

  • Waving
  • Having them flip around your hand
  • Spreading their wings on command
  • Dropping objects into a cup
  • Play dead
  • Ride a tiny skateboard

Bear said that, "it depends on how much work they’re [the owner or trainer] are willing to do.”

Want to learn more about Amazon parrots? Check out these articles:

Amazon Parrots & Spring Hormones: How To Survive
How To Speak Amazon Parrot
Top 10 Pet Amazon Parrot Questions Answered 

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Posted: May 19, 2014, 12:45 p.m. PDT

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