Popular Amazon Parrot Species

Amazon Parrots are striking birds with many color varieties and are popular options as pets. It takes an experienced bird owner to handle the personality and upkeep a parrot needs. They're social creatures in need of a lot of interaction and attention, so before you choose an Amazon Parrot as a pet, be sure you know everything you'll need to do to properly care for one.

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    Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva), also called the Turquoise-fronted Amazon and Blue-fronted Parrot, is a South American species of Amazon parrot and one of the most common Amazon parrots kept in captivity as a pet or companion parrot.
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    Active and comical, Blue Fronted Amazons are natural performers. They love to be around their owners and will "ham it up" for extra attention. Prolific talkers and singers, they vocalize often and can be very loud, and thus aren't suited to live in close quarters like apartment buildings.

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    Red Lored Amazons are charismatic birds who bond quickly to human family members. Some have a tendency to pick their favorite people and be one-person birds. Red Lored Amazons are talented talkers and singers, but potential owners should be aware that all Amazons can, and do, scream.

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    Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot
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    Orange-Winged Amazons make sweet and affectionate pets and bond closely with their owners. They have excellent speech abilities and charming personalities, but like many Amazon Parrots, Orange-Winged Amazons go through a hormonal "bluffing" stage as they reach sexual maturity. They can become aggressive during this phase, so consider carefully whether this bird (or another Amazon Parrot) is suitable for you.

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    The yellow-naped amazon
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    Yellow-Naped Amazon parrots are quick-witted creatures that make wonderful pets for active owners who really want to form a great bond with their bird. Their obvious intelligence and remarkable speech abilities put them among the most popular and recognizable Amazon Parrot species.

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    Double Yellow-Headed Amazon
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    Double Yellow-Headed Amazons make wonderful, affectionate pets when hand fed and raised in captivity from a young age. Highly gifted and possessing impressive speech abilities, the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon is a charming bird who loves being the center of attention. Just be sure you have the time to devote to this bird before adopting one.

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    A Lilac-crowned Amazon at Central Park Zoo, New York
    By Elena Gaillard from New York, USA (Green Parrot) [ CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Lilac-Crowned Amazons are curious and active birds by nature. Like all parrots, they need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. These birds form strong bonds with their owners and must be provided with an adequate amount of daily social interaction to thrive. 

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    Portrait of a Mealy Amazon Parrot
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    Mealy Amazons are known to be the most gentle and docile of the Amazon Parrots. They are affectionate when kept as pets and they form strong bonds with their owners. Due to their gentle nature, they are a good choice for bird owners that want a large parrot but would prefer a bird with a more laid-back attitude.

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    Red-crowned Amazon (also known as the Green-cheeked Amazon).
    Red-crowned Amazon (also known as the Green-cheeked Amazon).

    Playful and sweet, handfed Green-Cheeked Amazon Parrots are good family pets that enjoy interacting with their human "flock." While Green Cheeked Amazons are known as good-natured birds, they have a streak of curiosity that some owners say makes them more prone to mischief-making than some other Amazon species.

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    White Fronted Amazon
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    White-Fronted Amazons are primarily green, with patches of white and blue on their foreheads. They have bright red rings around their eyes, which has led many to call them "Spectacled Amazons". Beautiful and intelligent, White Fronted Amazon Parrots can be delightful pets, with a tendency to bond strongly to one person.

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    Panama Amazons
    By TJ Lin - originally posted to Flickr as DSCN1005, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

    A good family bird, the Panama Amazon is a friendly pet that loves interacting with people. Their social nature helps to make them gentle and affectionate companions. While they are loving, they are also a very active species, so they need an owner that can keep up with them. It is imperative that they are provided with a safe space to climb and play outside of the cage each day.