A guide to pet Blue-fronted Amazon Parrots

Amazona aestiva

Amazon Parrots are fast becoming popular companion parrots because of their medium size, intelligence and ability to mimic are a large number of sounds and words. We wouldn't consider them soft-feather companions but you will often see them cuddling with their owners. They are determined birds, and often get fixated on destroying or investigating every inch of a new or existing toy.

They do require a lot of attention, if not they can suffer from a range of behavioural problems such as screaming, aggression and feather picking. Despite what some will say, they are loud birds. We wouldn't recommend an Amazon Parrot for someone who lived on a small residential block or apartment. 

Amazon Parrots are known for their aggressive behaviour especially around the breeding season. They mature at around 3-4 years old, this is when owners will often notice the aggressive behaviour. This should not discourage you from considering an Amazon Parrot as a companion though as their behaviour can be managed with training.

They can be highly destructive so a well-built cage with equally stronger door locks is recommended as they are highly intelligent and will soon learn how to open doors and latches given the opportunity.

Amazon Parrots do require higher protein in their diet compared to other South American species with the exception of Macaws. We recommend Vetafarm South American Pellets combined with any other quality pellet such as Zupreem, Vetafarm Maintenance or Black Parrot 18% Pellets. We never cut up their fruit and vegetables, feeding whole ensures they are kept busy. Pellets should be fed alongside, nuts, sprouted seed, grit and browse.  See safe bird foods.

Blue-fronted Amazon Parrots cannot be sexed visually (Monomorphism) they should be DNA or surgically sexed. Although with mature birds you can often see small differences between the sexes. Males can be larger and more brightly coloured.

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