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Old 10-22-2013, 11:31 AM
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New to large parrots

Hello. I am, as the title suggests, new to large parrots. I grew up with and had my own cockatiel until a fwe years back.
My family and I have now joined as rescue and are looking to adopt. I am thinking amazons are a great bird for us because they display they emotions on their feathers so to speak.

Anyways, the rescue introduced me to a paired set of amazons, and I'm wondering what everyone hear thinks of taking them on would be like for us? Would they ever want to step up, and actually cuddle, hang out with or really spend time with us humans, or will they prefer most/all of their time up on/in the cage?
I can't find much info on how they will interact, if they are pair bonded together, with their humans, and we are really looking for a bird or birds that want to be a part of our lives, too....
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:40 AM
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Re: New to large parrots

For a first time large bird I would not recommend a pair of birds. Most likely the reason the rescue showed you the two is because pairs are hard to place. They have a tendency to be cage aggressive and territorial. I would highly recommend a older 20+ year old that is set in the behavior. If it likes to talk and cuddle it will stay that way.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:22 PM
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Re: New to large parrots

Amazons are pair bond birds. If this is a bonded pair, it remains to be seen if they would have anything to do with you... Depends on the birds. But in most cases, the males get defensive and territorial around females.
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Re: New to large parrots

For a first time parrot owner, I would recommend only one to start. I think you would be disappointed with a bonded pair because the two would probably interact mostly with each other.

If you are working with a rescue, ask many questions like diet, previous history, gender preference, etc. Many birds in a rescue come with baggage. Be sure to ask about aggressiveness, screaming and if it's hand tame. If the bird is hand tame, ask the rescue to prove it by having somebody show you how to handle the bird before taking it home.
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