Amazon Parrot Facts

Orange-winged Amazon parrot
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One of the most recognizable types of pet birds, Amazon parrots are a delight to most who come into contact with them. If you're looking for some intriguing tidbits of information on the various types of Amazon parrots, you've come to the right place. You might even end up deciding that the Amazon parrot would be an ideal pet bird for you.

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    Amazon parrots are among the largest parrot species

    Amazon parrot
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    Growing up to 18 inches in length from the beak to the ends of the tailfeathers, the Amazon parrot is one of the larger bird species commonly kept as pets. Because of this, they require a rather spacious cage and plenty of room to fly, play, and exercise.

    Like other large parrots, Amazons need a variety of toys that they can throw, chew, climb, and swing on. They are very intelligent birds that quickly become bored if left to their own devices, so they are recommended for owners who love to play and are looking for a pet with which they can spend a lot of time interacting and socializing.

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    There are a wide variety of Amazon species

    Red-Lored Amazon Parrots
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    While one of the most popular Amazon parrots is the beautiful Blue Fronted Amazon, there are actually many different Amazon species in all the colors of the rainbow available as pets. For example, there are Red Lored Amazons, Yellow Naped Amazons, Orange-winged Amazons, and Lilac Crowned Amazons, just to name a few. With a range of personality and temperament traits as wide as the colors of their plumage, there is an Amazon parrot out there for just about every bird lover's lifestyle.

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    Amazons are great talkers

    Grey parrot shouting on a branch ,
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    If you've ever heard a talking parrot on TV, that bird was probably an Amazon parrot. In fact, other types of parrots have even "beak-synced" on television programs when it was actually an Amazon parrot's voice that was being heard. The most notable instance of this was on Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl program in 2009. An African Grey Parrot named Pepper was purported to sing the National Anthem to kick off the game, but Pepper was just mouthing along to a recording of a Yellow-Naped Amazon parrot named Boozle.

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    Amazons have a widespread range in the wild

    Orange-winged Amazon parrot
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    Amazon parrots have origins in several places in the wild, ranging from parts of South America to the Carribean to Central America and Mexico. Because their natural homes are so close to the equator, Amazon parrots thrive in warm, humid climates, so their owners must protect them from cold and drafts in places that experience chilly weather.

    Many Amazon parrots also enjoy being misted with water once or twice per day, which might be attributed to the rainforest origins. Misting also has health benefits for these birds, including a positive effect on respiratory function.

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    Amazon parrots can be extremely loud

    Scarlet Macaw and Red-Lored Amazon Parrot
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    Anyone who has ever lived with an Amazon parrot will tell you that these birds can be very, very loud when they decide to be. In the wild, mated pairs might sometimes find themselves separated by vast distances as they forage for food each day. In order to keep track of each other's location, they will often bellow contact calls back and forth.

    Those who own a pet Amazon can expect the same sort of behavior in their homes. After all, pet birds like to keep track of their owners, too.