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Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Fabiola, Dec 2, 2012.
Can someone tell me what kind of parrot is this? I just got it as a gift...
Blue Fronted Amazon.
Wow! What a gift! Lucky you!
Slightly concerned that you have been given a gift of a parrot that you cannot identify, did you want a parrot? Do you know how to care for it? I don't know anything about these parrots except that I used to work for someone who had one, it was rounder and it's feathers were sleeker, do you know how old your parrot is? Sorry, I don't mean to interigate you, I just want what is best for you and the parrot! X
I have to agree with Fly 2006, and not to be mean, but it is really disturbing to read "Can someone tell me what kind of parrot is this? I just got it as a gift..." and to see the pic of the Amazon. Amazon parrots are like children, a HUGE responsibility and not one that should be taken lightly. I hope you have had experience with parrots and this isn't your first bird - seen stories like this and they always end up either at an auction (very traumatizing for bird of such intelligence) or a parrot rescue.
At every bird program we do at Animal Wonders, I make sure I have plenty of sheets with this printed on it to pass out to would-be parrot owners:
Are you thinking about a pet parrot…
Whether captured in the wild or born in captivity, parrots are not domesticated animals like cats and dogs. They are still wild animals. Their natural curiosity, sensitivity, intellect, playfulness, and ability to form bonds with humans can tempt people to keep them in captivity. Unfortunately, the traits that make parrots so intriguing are the same ones that make them extremely difficult to live with as companion animals. Many parrots find themselves displaced as their natural behaviors and needs clash with human expectations. Only people who thoroughly understand that parrots are wild animals and who can commit to meeting their demanding needs should consider providing a home for one.
With all animals - JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD. I've taken in surrendered Amazons, they are a handful. I hope for the best for you and the bird.
I believe it is a Blue Fronted Amazon. They can be great birds.
Agreed, Parrots are not chickens. Completely different set of rules. Again, not trying to be mean. But I hope you have done a lot of homework on care and socialization. Keep in mind they have the intelligence of a two year old human baby. With that, that beak can snap a finger off before you can even blink. So they need a lot of stimulation to work the mind, and interaction. You cannot just leave them in a cage. Determine your routine early and DO NOT DEVIATE FROM THAT ROUTINE. ask questions and get involved in forums specific to that breed. And hopefully find other owners close to you, to help form a support group.