20 Facts You Would Love to Know About Amazon Parrots

The Amazon parrots are very popular as pets not only because of their colorful physical features but also because of their intelligence, charm, wit, and their very colorful personality. Many pet bird owners, particularly, avian collectors are very fond of the Amazon parrots but due to their population decline in their natural habitat, many of the expert avian breeders start to breed them in captivity.

If you want to own an Amazon parrot as pet, these 20 Amazon Parrots facts can help you at least get some ideas about these wonderful parrot species.

Amazon parrots perching on a tree

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20 Amazon Parrots Facts to Know About

1. There are over 30 species of Amazon parrots and some of most of them are highly social and not as aggressive.

2. Most Amazon parrots have mainly green plumage but they have the most color diversity compared to other parrot species.

3. Most of the young Amazon parrots are born with dark gray iris but changes after two to three year of after reaching their sexual maturity. The change of color varies to red, red-orange, and brown.

4. After they reach their sexual maturity, the age of the Amazon parrot can be hard to determine.

5. Amazon parrots have long life span, some reaches 40, 50, 60 years or even more. They reach their average life span if they are in the wild but there are some captive birds who can also reach their life span especially if they are healthy and well maintained.

6. Amazon parrots are found in the regions of Central and South America and in the Islands of the Carribean.

7. They are one of the most intelligent and curious species of parrots. They love exploring their surroundings.

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8. They are considered as the most trainable species among all parrots and other bird species.

9. Amazon parrots have the potential to learn and expand large vocabularies.

10. They can become very good and entertaining house pets. They can easily adapt to new surroundings and they can get along well with other animals at home.

11. Amazon parrots, in captivity, needs a lot of mental enrichment. Offering them toys and something to keep them busy is important for brain stimulation and overall well-being. This also prevents them from having behavioral problems.

12. They can be very noisy and can destroy things from chewing.

13. They are not picky eaters and can eat any kind of bird foods. It is important to offer them high quality parrot food and especially formulated seed mixes to be able to complement their nutritional requirements. It is also recommended to offer them food that is similar to what they eat in the wild.

14. They can be very loyal companion and loving pets. Though these birds can be aggressive at first, when they get used to their environment and the people around them, they will start to exhibit their endearing personality.

15. The Amazon parrots are one of the best specie that can mimic human sounds, voice, and speech.

16. Amazon parrots have very strong beaks. They can chew their way out from their cage if it is made of wood. Their strong beak can easily kill smaller bird species. They use their strong beaks and claws when they fight with their predators in the wild.

17. Caring for them as house pets require time and attention and they can be very clingy to their caretaker especially when they are hand-reared by them at young age. If you decide to keep an Amazon parrot as pets, you have to be committed and dedicate some of your time to them.

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18. During breeding season, most Amazon species can be moody and aggressive.

19. They are among the large species of parrots. Some Amazons can grow as long as 18 inches in length from beak to tail.

20. Some species of the Amazon parrots are prone to obesity when in captive care. Most Amazon bird owners don’t feed their Amazon parrot with high fat bird seeds like sunflower and safflower. They also give their birds some out-of-the-cage time to exercise their wings and feet.

We can enjoy this species of birds even better if they are well maintained and protected from being endangered. We should help protect their natural habitat and conserve our resources so that their population will increase and will get to learn more about them in the future.

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