Think you've got what it takes to keep a pet Amazon Parrot? If you think you can hang with these powerful parrots, then take a look at this great list of popular pet Amazon species. From large Amazons to smaller Amazons and everything in between, the species profiles and information here will help you think through the commitment involved in owning one of these birds, and ultimately help you decide if an Amazon Parrot is the right pet for you!
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Active and comical, Blue Fronted Amazons are natural performers. They love to be around their owners and will "ham it up" for extra attention. Prolific talkers and singers, they vocalize often and can be very loud when they want to be. For this reason, they are not recommended for those who live in apartments or condominiums.
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Red Lored Amazons are charismatic birds who like to be with their owners. They bond quickly to human family members, and some seem to have a tendency to pick their favorite people and be "one person birds". Red Lored Amazons are talented talkers and singers, but potential owners should be aware that all Amazons can scream and most often, they do.
Orange-Winged Amazons make sweet and affectionate pets and bond closely to their owners. They have excellent speech abilities and a comical attitude that makes them a hit with bird lovers everywhere. Like many Amazon Parrots, Orange-Winged Amazons have a reputation for going through a hormonal "bluffing" stage as they reach sexual maturity. For this reason they are recommended for experienced bird owners.
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Yellow-Naped Amazon parrots are quick-witted creatures that make wonderful pets for active owners who really want to form a great bond with their bird. Their obvious intelligence and remarkable speech abilities have made put them among the most popular Amazon Parrot species.
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Double Yellow-Headed Amazons make wonderful, affectionate pets when handfed and raised from a young age. Highly gifted and possessing incredible speech abilities, the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon is a charming bird who loves being the center of attention.
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Lilac-Crowned Amazons are curious and active birds by nature. Like all parrots, they need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. These birds form strong bonds with their owners and must be provided with an adequate amount of daily social interaction to thrive. They are a good choice for owners with plenty of spare time on their hands.
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Mealy Amazons are known to be the most gentle and docile of the Amazon Parrots. They are affectionate when kept as pets and they form strong bonds with their owners. Because of their gentle nature, they are a good choice for bird owners that want a large parrot but would prefer a bird with a more laid-back attitude.
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Playful and sweet, handfed Green Cheeked Amazon Parrots are good family pets that enjoy interacting with their human "flock". While Green Cheeked Amazons are known as comical, good-natured birds, they have a streak of curiosity that some owners say makes them more prone to mischief-making than some other Amazon species.
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White Fronted Amazons are primarily green, with patches of white and blue on their foreheads. They have bright red rings around their eyes, which has led many to call them "Spectacled Amazons". Beautiful and intelligent, White Fronted or Spectacled Amazon Parrots can be delightful pets. While they do have a tendency to bond strongly to one person, their love of interactive play makes them a delight for all to see.
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A good family bird, the Panama Amazon makes a friendly pet that loves interacting with people. Their social nature helps to make them gentle and affectionate companions. While they are loving, they are also a very active species, so they need an owner that can keep up with them! It is imperative that they are provided with a safe space to climb and play outside of the cage each day.