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Old 12-10-2012, 11:39 PM
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Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Hello, I just joined here, and I'm about to get my first parrot tomorrow!

Here is his picture:



My friends neighbor is moving away and can't take this lovely bird with them. I am getting him plus this nice cage completely for free (they said they paid 1500 for it all, wow)
This is the cage:



They said he is only 1 1/2 years old. My friend also referred to it as an "african panama parrot", but when I looked this up I got different results. With my own research, I narrowed it down to either a Yellow Naped, Yellow-crowned, or a Panama Amazon parrot. When I went to Yahoo answers, they said it was Yellow Naped, but I don't see yellow on the back of his head, just a little on the very top. I wanted to get more opinions from a place with more parrot experts.

They also said they keep him outside, even in the cold... this didn't really sound right to me, so opinions on that would be appreciated as well. I live in Louisiana if that helps. I want to know as much as I can about this little guy so I can properly care for him. Thank you!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:51 PM
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Welcome, he's not a yellow napped amazon.. the back of their neck turns yellow. At least it is on mine.. could it be a double yellow head Amazon? The picture isn't all that great..sorry.. I'm sure one of the other will know for sure
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:59 PM
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

He looks like a Panama to me!

Congratulations, I'm glad he's getting a good home now, and it's unfortunate they've been keeping him outside like that, it's not healthy, especially in the cold. Poor little one.

It's one thing if he was in an Aviary outside (With an enclosed portion, heated, lights, etc.) But to just put the cage outside like that is cruel, he has no protection from the elements at all. He'd be good placed in a living room where it gets some activity, but give him a little time to get used to you and your routine, leave the cage door open, and he should come out on his own.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:08 AM
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Okay. I will be sure to take plenty of pictures myself when I get him tomorrow, I want to find out exactly what he is.
Also, they named him Rio, which is kinda a bland name for a parrot considering the movie came out probably when they got him... I will probably be renaming him, but I'll decide what after spending some time with him.

I've read that Amazons are also considered advanced birds, and I will be a first time parrot owner. I don't plan on letting this get in the way though, I've also started with a chameleon (an advanced reptile) before, and it turned out pretty good.

What are some things I should know about amazons in general? What's their lifespan look like?
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:01 AM
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Average of around 60 years lifespan, can be more or less depending on health and genetics really. They're prone to liver issues (fatty liver disease) so keeping an eye on his weight is important, watching his seed intake, and I'd recommend getting him on a good pelleted food. My amazon loves Zupreem naturals, but he'll eat anything I put in the bowl.

I'd handle him with a dowel or a gloved hand to start, just to protect yourself until you get used to him. They have very powerful jaws and a sharp beak, so you need to learn his body language. Don't force him to you, but let him come over, standing by his cage, talking to him, depending on his personality, feeding him a little through the bars unless he comes out on his own.

Doing what you're doing now, educating yourself, is one of the best things. Read around the forums, there's a few threads posted about things to avoid with a parrot, food wise, cookware wise (no nonstick!) and chemical wise (no febreeze, carpet fresh, aerosol cleaners.)

I was new to amazons a few months ago, had only heard from customers in my store how mean they can be, but honestly? Mine is nicer than my little conure. It's all how you treat them, and now that yours has a good home and will be receiving proper care, he'll love you for it.

I'd recommend finding a local avian vet and getting him a checkup (and sexed, up to you.) It'll run around $70-$100 for the basic, depending on the tests that you get done. Yours is young, so he hasn't quite hit his hormonal stage yet, but it will be a bit tough, he might be moody, biting, etc, but some go through it with no problems. Just don't think you're doing anything wrong!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:41 AM
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Welcome to the forum, your best friend if your getting a first amazon.Read though the older post in the amazon section. An amazon is life time commitment. I've had mine and others for over 40 yrs. Longest lived on record was 105 yrs. Most die at much younger ages(less then 20) because of poor care and uneducated owners.( something the forum can help you with). That could be Pan or YC , hard to tell with out better pics.
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Welcome to the forum

It looks like a YC to me!

PS... That is exactly the same Cage that I have for my Amazon, Codie

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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Welcome to the forum! And congrats to your BEAUTIFUL Amazon.

I believe you either have a YC or Panama there, but we definitely would need more pictures, preferrably where we can see the beak.

Panamas are a bit smaller than YC, and if I'm not mistaken, the beak of a Panama is somewhat lighter than that of a YC.

BOTH are AWESOME birds though
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

I got him now! He is such a beautiful bird. I'm not going to try handling him for a day or two if I can help it, so he can get used to his new environment. I have some decent pictures now, so maybe it will be easier to tell what kind he is:






He also came with a few toys and food, and a nice perching branch for when I want to have him out.
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Re: Is this a Yellow Naped Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, or a Panama Amazon?

Also, he is right at a foot long, and has some blue at the end of his wings (its hard to see in the pictures)
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