many species of Amazons, all originating from South and Central America, as
well as Mexico.
are stocky, short-tailed, mainly green birds.
species often vary little; being mostly green birds, they vary mostly in the
coloration of the head, and the size of the birds, which ranges from 10" to
18" in the commonly available species.
Life Span: 30 to 70 years; these are long-lived
Amazon parrot for sale:
Price: $400 to $1,000 for most species, although very rare Amazons can go much higher.
As always, try to buy a weaned bird from a
breeder that handles their babies a lot. Amazons are very individual birds, and a breeder that has handled their
babies and knows their personalities can help you choose the particular bird that most fits what you're looking
for, unlike a larger breeder who doesn't know his/her babies - even if you buy the species you are most likely to
get along with best, you may not end up with an individual that fits that same profile!
Amazon parrot diet:
Amazons generally thrive well on the standard parrot fare of
pellets, fruits, veggies, etc. Being bigger birds, they usually prefer larger
sized pellets and larger pieces of other foods; however, I know a few Amazons
that prefer the smaller, conure sized pellets!
While the conures, of course, prefer the bigger ones... hmm.
Amazons, often being somewhat sendentary creatures, are prone to becoming
overweight, so try to avoid the fattier foods.
Amazon parrot cages & supplies:
large birds, even the smallest of them, and require large cages, which, along
with a good stock of toys, will encourage them to be more
The tiny Spectacled Amazon will do fine in a
cage about 20" x 20" x 27" if it's let out often, while the mid-sized Amazons do best in something at least 2' x 2'
x 3'. The bigger Amazons would probably do fine in this sized cage, as well, if they didn't have to spend much time
in it, however it would be better for them to be in something at least 3' square. A large, well-stocked playpen
with lots of toys will encourage your bird to be more active.
Amazon parrot grooming:
Amazons wings should always be clipped; Amazons
don't tend to be big flyers, anyway, prefering to walk rather than fly, however an unclipped Amazon is as likely as
not to choose the exact wrong moment to try out it's wings; i.e., when the door is left open! Those nails should be
kept clipped, as well.
Some Amazons have problems with their beak
becoming overgrown; this should be seen by a veterinarian, one because a novice could easily file the beak down too
far, creating problems eating, and two, beak overgrowth is often caused by a vitamin deficiency or other health
problem, and your vet can help you with this.
Amazons, as a genus, absolutely adore bathing,
and you should provide baths often! Many Amazons prefer "showers" with spray bottles (or just hopping into the
shower with their owner), however some do like to bathe in a still body of water, and you should find out which
your Amazon prefers.
Amazon parrot noises level:
Amazons are very loud birds! However, most
individual are not as loud as the larger macaws. They are still very high-volume birds! And they usually have once-
or twice-a-day "Happy Noise Times", where they voice off just for the sheer joy of it.
Amazon parrot talking ability:
When it comes to talking ability, Amazons are
known as being among the best. This does vary a great deal between species, as well as between individuals. Yellow
Napes, Double Yellow Heads, and Yellow Crowns are known as being among the best talkers in the parrots world.
Others aren't top talkers, although nearly every Amazon is going to learn a few things.
Amazon parrot behavior and personality:
Amazons vary a great deal in personality. Some
are cuddlers; some are not. Some are out-going; some are one-person birds. Some love playing; others would rather
sit still. Some... well, you get the point! And it doesn't vary by species, so much as
A single clutch of Amazons can have a wide
range in personality. Moreover, one personality trait shared by most Amazons is the range of personality even
within the individual! Amazons tend to be "moody"; one minute cuddling down next to you, the next loud and even
aggressive! Sometimes this varies by time of day or even season; during breeding season, many Amazons, particularly
males, can be hard to get along with and somewhat unpredictable.
This does, somewhat, vary by species; the
"Yellow Headed" group tends to be the worst. In general, Amazons are not big cuddlers, prefering you didn't hug
them and cuddle them, although most love head-scritchings. Most are bold and out-going; often loving strangers and
loving to perform for people. Unlike most African greys, talking Amazons are usually more than happy to show off
their talent to anybody who cares to listen.
Amazon parrot breeding
I would not recommend an Amazon to a person
inexperianced in birds, first off. An Amazon owners needs to tolerate and love their bird in each of it's "moods".
If you can't put up with a wide variety of personalities traits (all contained within one bird!), than it'd be
better to either look at the more easy-going Amazons, or perhaps a different group of birds all together. If you're
looking for a talking bird you can show off to friends, this is as close as you'll get, however don't ever buy an
Amazon just for it's talking abilities! Amazons are generally not birds to have around kids; their moodiness and
large size could easily result in serious injury for a small hand.
Some Amazon parrot types:
1. The Yellow Headed Parrot
I include the Double Yellow Head, Yellow Nape,
and Yellow Crown. There's really more species of Amazons in this group, including the Panama, but these are rarely
available. All three of these birds are large; around 15" long, give or take. They're mainly green. The adult
Double Yellow Head (DYH) has an entirely yellow head; the adult Yellow Nape (YN), has a yellow patch on the back of
the neck, while the Yellow Crown (YC), has only a small amount of yellow on the forehead.
The YC is the least available, while the other
two are quite common. They are, as a group, known as being among the moodiest and hardest to get along with; they
are also known as being the most spectacular Amazons. The YC's are known as being somewhat less moody than the
other two, while retaining the talking ability. All these birds are available for around $700 to
2. Blue Front Amazon Parrot:
This bird is probably one of the best-known
Amazons. It was one of the most extensively imported, and about ten years ago one of the most common. It's now
somewhat less common, although still quite popular. They're, if anything, the "default" Amazon in personality and
talking ability, having a typical Amazon personality and pretty good talking ability. They usually run around
3. Greencheeked, Lilac Crowned, and Red Lored Amazons Parrots:
This group of Amazons (which also includes the
rarer Finsche's and Salvin's Amazons), are are quite closely related. The Red Lored (not Red Lord!) or Yellow
Cheeked Amazon is the only one to have yellow on the face. The Greencheeked (or Mexican Red Headed) is larger and
more robust than the Lilac Crown, and also generally does not have as much "lilac" on the "crown" :-) The Lilac
Crown is the smallest and slenderest. All these birds are known as being much more easy-going than most Amazons,
though with only so-so talking ability. All can be found for around $500-$800.
4.Orange Wing Amazon Parrot:
The Orange Wing was another very extensively imported Amazon. They're
not all that popular with the public, however, so their price is pretty low; as low as $350, although $400 to
$600 is more common. There's no reason for their unpopularity; they have typical Amazon personalities, and
typical Amazon talking abilities.
5. Spectacled, or White Fronted, Amazon Parrot:
This little guy is the smallest of the Amazons,
at only 10" long. They're known as being somewhat independant and stand-offish, and that combined with their low
talking ability hasn't made them very popular. However, those that do own them know that not everything said about
them is true; they do make wonderful pets! They're great for anybody who likes Amazons, but is intimidated by their
size, and who doesn't much care about talking abilities. They're generally pretty inexpensive, as well; as little
as $250, on up to $450 or so.
6. Mealy Amazon Parrot:
This is the largest of the available Amazons,
at 18" long. Big bird! They aren't popular parrots at all; it can be hard to find them for sale. This is a
shame, because they're known as having some of the best of Amazon personalities, being gentle, sweet birds.
However, due to their large size, they also have an enormous voice that can rival the largest macaw or cockatoo in
volume! There's a couple of subspecies, that vary as to the color on the head. The Blue-Crowned Mealy is generally
regarded as the most attractive, with the Farinosa also being pretty colorful.