Amazon Parrots as Pets
There may be more than 350 different types of bird species known to man, but there’s one in particular that bird owners flock to for pets: Amazon parrots!
This beautiful and exotic pet breed is made up of 30 different species, known for their striking looks and active personalities.
As with all pets, before owning one, it’s important to undertake due diligence to ensure they’re a good fit for your home. So, here’s what you need to know about Amazon Parrots as pets.
What are Amazon Parrots?
Part of the ‘Psittaciformes’ family, parrots are classified for their curved beak and zygodactyl feet (four toes on each foot, of which two must point forward and two backward).
The Amazon is particularly known for its bright green plumage and slightly stocky frame. They also tend to be larger in size than other parrots, in part due to their native home – many hailing from the tropical rainforests in central and south America.
Keeping Amazon parrots as pets could be a lifetime commitment, too – some even live for many decades.
What are the behavior characteristics of Amazon Parrots?
Amazon parrots are known to be active and sociable creatures. They enjoy attention and play, and bond quickly to those that care for them. Because of their outgoing nature, they are best paired with another parrot of the same sex, as they can nurture long-term relationships and bonds with them.
This pet has proud vocal abilities that it’s not scared to show off! They take delight in mimicking their owners and making loud squarks to remind you that they’re in the room, being affectionate and entertaining little creatures!
Different types of parrots
There are 30 different species of amazon parrot known. These are;
Cuban, kawall, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, yellow-billed, hispaniolan, Puerto Rican, yellow-lored, white-fronted, black-billed, orange-winged, Tucuman, red-spectacled, red-crowned, lilac-crowned, red-necked, red-lored, blue-cheeked, yellow-crowned, red-browed, red-tailed, festive, yellow-shouldered, blue-fronted, yellow-naped, yellow-headed, scaly-naped, mealy, vinaceous-breasted and the Imperial amazon.
Each parrot has its own distinct personality and look, so it’s worth looking up each breed in more detail. For instance, The Meely Amazon is one of the more gentle and docile types, forming strong bonds with owners. While the Blue-fronted is great for those who want a striking breed, with a yellow crown and tips and blue forehead. While the Panama makes a great family pet, as it enjoys the company of others.
How to keep Amazon Parrots as pets
To keep your parrot in tip-top condition, give them as much space as possible to roam free and fly. Exercise forms part of their daily function, requiring no less than 45 minutes a day. Therefore, the more space you can provide, the better for their welfare.
Ideally, your Amazon parrot will be kept in an outdoor enclosure (often made of zinc-free mesh) is best and in line with their natural habitat. There will need to be a sheltered area for them to sleep in, with strategically placed perches for their comfort. For indoor parrots, full spectrum UV lighting should be equipped.
When it comes to cleaning cages, it’s wise to make the floor as wipe-clean as possible, for daily wiping, with a deeper weekly clean to keep it hygienic.
Once adequate space is provided to contain your pet, keeping Amazon parrots as pets is relatively affordable to maintain.
In the wild, this animal lives on nuts, seeds, fruits and sometimes insects. You can replicate this with occasional treats of orange and apples, as well as corn on the cob which they love! However, on a day-to-day basis, food supplies can be sought from your local pet store, along with a cuttlebone for an added calcium boost and grit to help with all the nutrients required.
Be sure to provide fresh clean water, and lots of it!