Amazon parrots for sale

amazon parrots

Amazon parrots are highly intelligent birds, very outgoing and renowned talkers. They adapt well to captivity, adjusting easily to their cage or aviary. Amazons require a great deal of mental stimulation. Without the proper attention, social interaction and toys, an Amazon parrot is prone to behavioral problems. People who are willing to devote a considerable amount of time to their parrots will have a delightful companion pet for many decades.

Amazon parrots are among the more popular medium-sized parrot species, which might have something to do with their gregarious personalities. They are often described as boisterous, playful, and outgoing — some even like to sing. Male Amazons have a reputation for exhibiting “macho” behavior — they might flare their tail feathers, pin their eyes and “strut” across the floor or table top.

Biological Facts

  • Over 30 Amazona species described
  • Those commonly seen in practice include
    • Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)
    • Orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica)
    • Double Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix)
    • Yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata)
    • Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis)
    • White-fronted Amazon (Amazona albifrons)
  • Young Amazon parrots have a gray-brown iris. This changes within 2-3 years to a red, red-orange, or chestnut-brown. After that age it is very difficult to determine an Amazon’s age.
  • Weight: 350-600 gm
  • Sexual maturity: 4-6 years
  • Males and females look alike in most cases. A simple blood test can determine the gender of your bird
  • Avg. life span: 40-50 years
  • Maximum recorded life span: 80+ years
  • Origins: Central and South America, Islands of the Caribbean

Behavior

  • Highly intelligent and curious; Amazons love to explore their surroundings
  • Considered by many to be the most trainable of all parrots
  • Have the capacity to learn a large vocabulary
  • Tamed birds readily adapt to new surroundings and activities; expose early to daily activities in your household as well as to other pets
  • Need environmental enrichment, interesting toys, and foraging exercises to reduce the chance of behavioral problems.
  • Can be very noisy and destructive

Diet

  • Amazons in the wild feed on a variety of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
  • Seed-based diets are not recommended as they permit pet birds to select an imbalanced diet from what is offered.
  • Formulated diets (“pellets” or “crumbles”) provide more complete and balanced nutrition, do not allow selective feeding, and should comprise about 75% of the diet
  • Dark leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits can make up 20-25% of diet
  • Treats should be limited to only 5% of the diet
  • Clean, fresh water should be provided daily

Environment

  • Enclosures should be as large as possible, such that the bird is able to fully extend it’s wings and flap without touching the cage walls
  • Cage should be clean, secure, safe and constructed of durable, non-toxic materials
  • Perches should be of variable widths, heights, and textures. Also provide a concrete perch to help to maintain the toenails.
  • Avoid placing perches directly over food or water to prevent contamination
  • Access to natural light is preferred
  • Avoid drafty areas.
  • Parrots should stay in their cage or a “bird safe” room when they are not under direct supervision.
  • Birds with unrestricted access to the home are at risk for accidents such as toxin ingestion, electrocution, pet attacks, and drowning.

Preventive Care

  • Physical examinations every 6-12 months
    • Consult a veterinarian with experience in avian medicine if you have any questions or concerns about your bird’s health.
  • Annual fecal examination for parasites, yeast, and bacteria
  • Vaccination for Polyomavirus, as directed by your veterinarian
  • Routine blood testing
  • Wing, nail trimming as needed