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January 2015′s Animal Of The Month – Amazon Parrots

By January 31, 2015 No Comments

Amazon parrots kicked off the new year as our first Animal of the Month for 2015, but now it’s time to say good-bye to them (and we’re sure they’re saying good-bye back!).  We hope you enjoyed our tweets on these talkative and likable birds – especially our tweet showcasing Theressa singing a little Bobby Vinton tune! But if you missed any of our tweets @ExoticPetVets, here is a summary. Did you know?:

  • Amazon parrots (Amazona sp.) include about 30 species.
  • Amazon parrots are medium-sized birds with short, square-shaped tails.
  • The natural habitat of Amazon parrots stretches between Mexico and South America.
  • Amazon parrots are predominantly green but have accent colours like yellow, red, orange and blue depending on the species.
  • Amazon parrot species commonly seen in captivity include the Double Yellow-head, Yellow-naped and Blue-fronted.
  • Famous for their ability to mimic sounds, Amazon parrots can develop a human vocabulary and make electronic noises.
  • Amazon parrots can also learn to sing songs!
  • Amazon parrots are interactive and good-natured and tend to bond with specific people or genders.
  • Their attachments can sometimes cause Amazon parrots to be aggressive towards people with whom they’re not bonded.
  • In the wild, Amazon parrots will eat seeds, nuts, fruits, berries and other vegetation, especially fruit from oil palms.
  • Instead of flying to look for food, Amazon parrots will climb from branch to branch as they forage for food in the wild.
  • In captivity, the ideal Amazon parrot diet is pellets + fruits + veggies.
  • Common behaviour found in Amazon parrots is “eye pinning,” which is when the bird’s pupils quickly contract and expand.
  • Eye pinning can mean that an Amazon parrot is happy, aggressive or excited.
  • Consider other body language that occurs with eye pinning to figure out what your Amazon parrot is trying to tell you.
  • Since Amazon parrots are birds originating from a rainforest environment, they love water.
  • Bathing your Amazon parrot is important for feather maintenance and preening.
  • Amazon parrots should be bathed regularly, but the frequency depends on the individual bird’s preferences.

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