New member
Jan 30, 2023
Hi Guys and girls just saying hello really.

I will be either getting myself a Blue fronted Amazon or white capped Ponius in the very near future and joined to gain knowledge :)


Supporting Member
Jul 10, 2015
Western, Michigan
DYH Amazon
Thank you for coming here first as there is much to learn and consider regarding either Parrot! I will cover the important points regarding Amazons and will let another member cover white capped Ponius and/or add to Amazons.

But first, welcome to Parrot Forum!!

Please read with 'understanding' the two Sticky Threads at the top of the Amazon Forum and especially the Thread about Understanding Amazon Body Language as Amazon's 'expect' you to understand their body language.

It is important to understand that the most popular Amazons (The Big Hot Three) are at or near the top of the Parrot species that are re-homed by new-comers to the Companion Parrot World. Most are drawn by their appearance and possibly, their abilities to talk. Rarely is this a good place to start when considering an Amazon.

In the Northern Hemisphere, we are coming off one of the most powerful Hormonal Season ever seen by even the most experienced Parrot Owners. It has been even worst with those owners of Amazons and especially the Big Hot Three. During this Season, one's beloved Amazon can become a very aggressive Parrot

The most common error that an individual makes is to walk-in with their 'Want' list! Dump the list as with the mid to larger Parrots, one really wants the Parrot to choose you!! The reason is very simple, the first goal is for the Parrot to develop a trust relationship with you! Parrots understand this deeply as they choose based on whether they have an emotional connection with you! It is possible to walk in and simply buy this or that mid to larger Parrot. But it is a very different story when that Parrot has no want to be yours!

General Point: You do understand that there is a size difference between the two Parrots you are looking at? Yes?

Prior to proceeding, you need to provide a Parrot Rescue your time 'free' to learn about Parrots first! Yes, start at the bottom clearing the facility, Parrot cages and stands, then work up to clean and replace food and water dishes. And, while all that happens, you will find Parrots that truly dislike you and others that are kind of okay with you. During this process, you will likely learn that Parrots can and do bite and can bite really hard!!

There is a vast amount to learn.

Again, welcome to Parrot Forum!!


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Parrot of the Month 🏆
Nov 22, 2015
Isle of Long, NY
Yellow Shoulder Amazon, Salty
Welcome and be welcomed. As 'Boats ( our most respected Amazon person and good friend) has said, try to get some direct experience with parrots before plunging in. All parrots from budgies to the big macaws are a real commitment for a long time. THey are by no means a easy nor a cheap animal companion. Even the best behaved of them will bite on occasion, be LOUD almost daily, and require lots of toys to destroy ( the parrot equivalent of video games). Diet needs to be a healthy one (veggies, pellets, some fruit and little seed in order of precedence), cages and play areas need cleaning a few times a week if not daily. And - there is no guarantee that they will like or even tolerate other people in the family. They can be temperamental, take offense at the silliest of things, capable of holding grudges and well understand the concept of cheating. But they are, to most of us, the most rewarding animals to have in your life. Please, ask any questions you might have, the members here are kind, thoughtful, well informed and only have the well being of the parrot in mind.


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Nov 6, 2013
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Hawkhead(Darwin),YCA(Dexter),VE (Ekko),OWA(Slater),BHP(Talli),DYH(Calypso),RLA(Kimera),Alex(Xander)CBC(Phoe),IRN (Kodee,Luna,Stevie),WCP (Pisces),CAG(Justice)GCC (Jax), GSC2(Charley)
Welcome to the forum!!

I had a white-capped Pionus and she was an amazing girl. She was quiet (although I know many more who are loud), she was sweet and we could always get her to up. She wasn't a cuddly bird, but liked to just sit on our shoulders. She struggled with egg laying and that's what finally took her from us.

I agree about spending some time with different species, one may choose you:) Sailboat posted a Master Class on having an Amazons as mentioned above. I'll add the link to make it easier to find:

I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!

I'm looking forward to seeing what species you decide on!

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