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Old 02-22-2011, 09:35 AM
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Amazon different from other birds

I've been around a Cockatoo,Senegal, and African Grey. Immediately, I could read my African Grey's body language.

Recently I got an Amazon and I am having the hardest time trying to figure her out and her body language. She's also very quiet and isn't very active, unless I make her.

She enjoys spreading her wings and letting me flip her upside down. She is very, very sweet, just difficult for me to figure out.

Maybe it's because I don't feel a bond with her?

How do I strengthen a bond with her, when I feel like she doesn't enjoy anything and isn't very out-going. What types of activities do Amazons enjoy?

I'm trying HARD!

Yesterday I brought her in the shower with me and let her watch me shower. Then it was her turn. She enjoyed it sooooooo much and wouldn't leave the water. Afterwards I gave her a blow dry which she loved EVEN more and was making cute little amazon sounds if I would turn it off, which I took as MORE BLOW DRYER! lol.

She's just soo....inactive and quiet, unless I force her out and about.

There aren't very many books on amazons out there. Any suggestions? There are TONS of parrot books, different type of parrots, but the amazon books and information is seriously LACKING!

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Old 02-22-2011, 09:46 AM
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

How long have you had the Amazon parrot? How old is the parrot? What type of enviroment was it used to before? All these things you have left out of your story and these things would have to be known in order to try and help you out.

Parrots are like people to ma degree, they have times in their life that they are more active then other times. The older the bird the less active. Also you need to look at how the bird was raised, if it's a second hand bird, the previous owner may not have been very active with their bird. Take me for instance, I'm retired and although I spend most of my day with my Senegal, it's mainly time spent watching TV, on the computer like now (he's on my shoulder sleeping). I'm not big into teaching him tricks and such. I mainly just want the companionship.

To me, Senegals are a very hard bird to read and have very drastic mood swings. I call Senegals the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde of the bird world because one minute they are sweet as sugar, the next minute they want to bite your lip. So if you can read you Senegal, the Amazon should be a piece of cake once you get used to him.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:58 AM
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

well by looks of it your doin fine, the bird seems to like you just don't push to hard, an do the things she enjoys, as mike says lol and i too have a sene

maybe she is quiet as she is still getting use to her surroundings and you, she enjoyed the shower share a meal with her, i've a feeling she will come into her own once she is confidant of hers and your routines

or she could just have a quiet personality
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:12 AM
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

It sounds to me that you're doing just fine. Showers with you and flipping upside down.... Sounds like a great bird! What exactly is it that you're missing? Cuddling? Try some head scratches, and just let her sit on your knee. Fred likes toys and chewables...maybe offer some interesting toys, both in the cage and on a playstand.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:10 PM
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Age and life expieriences play a huge role in how amazon behaves . Sounds as if you haven't had her long and maybe she's an older more sedate bird. If you really want to bond with her learn how to preen her feathers, it's a subtle thing , if you have nails start at the base of a feather and work your way out, it's a zen like thing that you need to master to really bond with your bird.Before you know it you'll be able to read her like a book and she'll be able to read you too. When your happy ,she's happy. When your excited , she's excited.
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

My Pionus is like that... he opened up a bit after getting use to me and our routine, but generally he's kind of a perch potato. I'm use to a B&G (loud, boisterous, etc.)... but once I got use to the way he shows affection, I kind of like it Plus, I am happy to say, when I go to the bird store, that I have the only quiet parrot around in a 1000 mile radius.
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

I understand that Amazon parrots are a lot different from other birds but does anyone here have both an Amazon parrot and a different type of bird breed? I want to figure out if there are any other bird owners here who have birds that constantly keep scratching them selves really badly where it gets to a point where a lot of feathers are started to be scratched off. If anyone can help out that would be great!
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

Quote: Originally Posted by Jamira View Post
I understand that Amazon parrots are a lot different from other birds but does anyone here have both an Amazon parrot and a different type of bird breed? I want to figure out if there are any other bird owners here who have birds that constantly keep scratching them selves really badly where it gets to a point where a lot of feathers are started to be scratched off. If anyone can help out that would be great!
hummm is your bird going through a molt?? if so spray them with water and i've read about mixing the water with aloe juice or a tiny amount of glycerine (use bakers glycerine)

or take it to the vets to have it checked out for parasites
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:43 PM
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Re: Amazon different from other birds

Hey Jamira, I hate to derail this thread, but why don;t you start a new topic and ask your question. There could be several reasons for your bird sratching, so give us a little history when you post;
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