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Meet The Amazon Parrot

Amazon parrots are one of the most popular pet parrots because of their singing and talking abilities, and life-of-the-party attitudes.

Jessica Pineda

Amazon parrots can rival African greys in their talking and singing abilities.

Native to Mexico and Central America, Amazon parrots are prolific talkers, boisterous, loud, and love to have fun. A lot of Amazons love to sing, and there is nothing more entertaining than an Amazon belting out a tune and ending it with, "Charge!” There are many types of Amazons, the largest being the double yellow-headed Amazon. They can live up to 75-plus years with proper care and diet.

Blue-Fronted Amazon
Amazon parrots can be loud, so they're not the best parrots for an apartment setting.
Amazon parrots are easier to read than other parrots, their body language giving away their mood. A happy Amazon is very vocal. When overly-excited or aggressive, an Amazon’s eyes pin rapidly and its tail flares out. It’s best to stay away from an Amazon in this state; your bird has given you fair warning that it might bite! Instead, speak softly to your Amazon until it has calmed down and is willing to step up.

Amazons love to try new foods and, much like a dog, often beg for some people food, which is why obesity and fatty liver disease are so common to them. While it’s tempting to give your Amazon a helping of your dinner, it should be done in moderation. Encourage and help your Amazon to play and exercise with an assortment of toys and climbing opportunities, such as on a playgym or ladder.

When males become sexually mature, they can become aggressive and territorial. Proper socialization and extra precaution during the breeding season should help deter bad behavior.

Amazons can be loud birds, but their life-of-the-party attitude make them a one-of-a-kind pet.

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Posted: May 1, 2014, 12:00 a.m. PDT

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