Yellow Naped Amazon Parrots
The yellow naped Amazon parrot is a beautiful, extremely intelligent, gregarious bird. If you're
looking for information on this incredible parrot because you're considering getting one as a pet, you've come
to the right place.
I've been the proud owner, or I guess close friend would be more applicable, to Pablo, my yellow
naped Amazon for almost 28 years exactly now (as of this writing). Although there are a few (very few) things that
owning a yellow naped Amazon that could possibly be a problem for some, I can't imagine having a better pet.
One thing that I can't stress enough...GET A DOMESTIC BRED BIRD!! I should say
here that I didn't get a bird from a breeder, but I did get a very young bird that I had to hand feed for a while.
If I had it to do over though, I would definitely get a domestic bred bird. Although Pablo is a very good bird (to
me), he is pretty much a one person bird. Had he been a bird from a breeder, I seriously doubt that
he would be so reluctant to engage other people. When my mother had to care for him while I was out of
town for a few days, he bit her while she was giving him fresh water. It wasn't just a nip either.
That brings me to yet another point. Yellow naped Amazon parrots, and probably most amazons
can sometimes be fairly high strung. Some are prone to biting or nipping a little too hard, and can even
be a little unpredictable at times. A hand-reared bird, and especially a bird that is around more than just one
person exclusively, will be so much better acclimated to living in peace and harmony with the whole family. I also
had a wild-caught African grey, although he was very tame with me, he wasn't as friendly with strangers. He wasn't
prone to biting at all though. When he was on my hands he would very gently feel my fingers with his beak and
Of course a domestic bred, hand reared parrot will be significantly higher priced, but the money
will be very well spent. If you have to spend $1,500 or whatever for a domestic bred pet, versus maybe half that
for a wild caught adult, or even a younger bird, you will be so glad that you spent the extra money.
One thing that some people don't like about yellow naped Amazon parrots is the fact that they can
be somewhat noisy. There is some truth to that, but Pablo has never been so noisy that it was ever a real problem
for me. Of course at night you'll want to cover the cage to keep drafts out, and the darkness will keep them
totally silent. Also, as they learn more and more phrases, there seems to be much less objectionable noise and more
talking and whistling, which I always liked just fine.
Of course yellow naped Amazon parrots, like all other talking birds, don't actually carry on
intelligent conversations, although they do learn to sometimes say just the right things at the right time...and
often times exactly the wrong things at the wrong time too!! :) One such example comes to mind.
I live in the country, and from time to time (not anymore now though) Jehovah's Witnesses would
come to the house on Sunday mornings to spread their word. Well, I never intentionally taught Pablo any foul (fowl
?) language, but there were times when others thought it would be funny to try and get him to say certain phrases.
I knew it could never be a good thing - it wasn't.
Anyway, that Sunday morning a man and lady came to the door, and I listened respectfully as I
always did. I guess Pablo had heard enough though because he came out with a couple of phrases that would have
embarrassed any sailor. I've never really tried to actually disappear before that day, but I sure gave it
everything I had then. No one said anything for several seconds, and then finally the man said something to the
effect that "maybe we should get going." They said their "thank yous," as did I, and I really learned that day how
intelligent that these birds really are, because Pablo laughed hysterically after they left, like he knew
exactly what he had just done.
Another point to mention here is - make sure that you will have the time for your new friend. These
birds are very active and value interaction very much. Please don't even think about getting a yellow naped Amazon
if there's even a chance that he'll be spending all of his time in a closed cage. That is just abusive, and
just leaving the cage door open so that he can hang out on top of the cage isn't much better, although some. They
really thrive on personal interaction with their human though.
You'll also want a nice roomy cage, preferable with a good quality playpen on top, and enough
(safe) toys to keep your pet occupied for when you have to be away. Also, just because a bird is very tame and
friendly, it doesn't mean that he is good to be left unattended to roam the house when you're not home. I lost
two beautiful, really fantastic birds, my African grey and my beautiful Senegal parrot due to
household accidents many years ago. My grey (Barney) had been getting down and chewing on a baseboard in an
old farmhouse that I had just moved into. By the time I noticed it, and he started to get sick, he had
ingested enough of the lead-based paint to kill him. I suggested to the vet, which I later found out was not really
a good avian vet, that it was lead poisoning, he seemed to disregard it. I had an autopsy done - it was lead
My Senegal (Ralph), had never wandered far from his cage, even though he was always out. He would
fly over to me when I case in the room though. I got home one night and couldn't find him for anything. It
took literally days. I finally found his body in the furnace. I suspect something had startled him during the night
and he jumped from his cage. He probably saw the light from the furnace and headed towards it. I imagine he climbed
in while it was off and it was too late for him when it turned back on. I've still never totally gotten over those
two accidents, but I did learn some valuable lessons. Unfortunately they were horrible lessons to learn.
There are so many ways for a bird to get into trouble around a house, many that new bird
owners would never think of. I know there have been countless smaller birds drown in a glass with whatever liquid
sitting out. The bird lands on the side and bends over to get a drink, falls in and can't get out. A horrible way
to find your pet.
Chewing electric cords, getting into various chemicals/cleaners, getting shut in a closing door,
being stepped on - there are more ways than I could possibly even think of here. The bottom line is - just
always know where your bird can and can't go, and never assume that he'll just be okay.
I'll also be including another page on yellow naped Amazon nutrition. Although many larger parrots
will do well on pretty much the same general diet. Remember, these birds can actually outlive you and I, but a big
part of their length and quality of life, is totally up to you and the diet (and exercise) that is provided for
them. One thing that I heard many years ago is - if it's good for humans, it's probably good for your bird,
and if it's not good for you, it's probably not good for your bird. Of course there are probably
many exceptions but that's maybe a fairly good general estimation. Of course you're diet probably won't have
as much seeds and nuts. :)
As far as housing your yellow naped Amazon - I've had many cages in the nearly three
decades that I've owned birds, ranging from cheap junk to very good. One thing I can say is this - just like when
buying your bird is no time to get cheap, neither is it wise to buy a cage just because it's priced low.
Knowing what I know now, I would probably never buy anything other than one of the stainless steel bird cages. Not only are they more attractive, but they last many, many times
The powder coated cages are nice looking, and they do last fairly well, but once they start
chipping, the rust comes and then they get into bad shape quickly. I guess you could sand-blast them and
have them painted, but I don't really see how that could be very cost effective. I would spend the money up front
and get one of the beautiful stainless steel bird cages and have the best right from the start. It will save you money
in the long run too.