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Re: Adopted a mealy Amazon

Again Welcome to the Wonderful World of Amazons!

There is not a better way of entering this World than at very near, if not at the top of the Amazon Family than with one of its Largest Members, a Mealy!
Mealy's are 'rare' in the Companion Parrot Community with pockets near the few Breeders in North America. So, you have a Big, Rare Amazon. Normally, their weight ranges from 500 to 700 grams, but are capably of up to 1000 grams.

Note: I would recommend that you obtain a letter from George's family providing Species (Mealy), age (10), dates they obtained, etc... and the transfer of ownership to you. Amazons as a Species are now Classified as Endangered by CITES. With Mealy's being considered rare in North America, IMHO providing a copy of that documentation to your Avian Professional will be helpful in the future. I would also recommend that you consider having George DNA sexed and insert a Micro Chip for identification, more on that later.

There are two primary groups of Mealy's: Northern Mealy (Central America) and Southern Mealy (South America). There is discussion that this family includes a third member, but I do not recall the name at this moment.

Mealy's are considered the Gentle Giants of the Amazon Family. Highly social and a want to be part of their family. But, they are large can be be capable of being loud, commonly in the morning and in the evening or if they believe they are being left out of a family gathering.

Consider that your Amazon has lost his family and is in a new World surrounded by individuals that he does not know. He is Fearful! Move at his speed and remember that he has no good reason to trust these new Humans. So provide him the time he needs and work at building trust.
It does help to change your Vantage Point when attempting to understand your Amazon. Try this Vantage Point:
It is never the Fault of the Amazon!
It is always the Fault of the Human!
When working from this vantage point, you will more quickly determine what you are doing wrong and correct it.
Also, expectations do not exist! Its all at his rate.
Try opening his cage and placing a chair near by while you are reading to him.

If you read back into the Amazon Forum you will come across a phase that is commonly used: Owned By An Amazon! As one does not own an Amazon.

In each Morning's early light; there is a promise, an Amazon makes!

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