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"Sammy is my male double yellow headed amazon parrot, and he was hatched in 1991. I got him when he was 7 years old, and as of the date of this comment, we've been together 9 years and he's currently 16 years old. He was rather overweight when I first got him (I don't know much about his past, and his hatch-year I got from tracing his leg band ID), but with a big change in diet and exercise, he slimmed down from about 600 grams to abou 460 grams. He has a King's cage model 306 (meant for macaws) with toys I rotate monthly. Sammy is fully-flighted and has been for most of the 9 years I've had him. He is getting better at coming when called (we have structured training sessions for this), and is a joy to me. However, he's very much a one-person bird, and can be rather aggressive toward anyone else who comes near him (or me, if he's out with me). This could be prevented if he was socialized better, but most of the people in my life aren't bird-people, so it's hard to get him to be friendly with others. He gets a home-made base diet that has about 2/3 China Prairie sprouts (a mix of various hulled seeds and legumes) and 1/3 veggie mash (a mix I make myself, including "frozen mixed veggies", various fruits, dark greens, and high beta carotene veggies, along with some diced tofu and ground hard-boiled eggs with shell, kept frozen in ziplock bags), mixed together in his food dish with a sprinkling of a green powder from China Prairie that has spirulina, kelp, alfalfa, chlorella, mineral clay, and lots of other good stuff. He gets other healthy treats and an in-shell walnut or two almonds each day as well. He's unusually snuggly (with me) for an amazon, plays well with his toys, and can be very entertainingly vocal. I haven't tried teaching him specific words or phrases, but he's picked up lots over the years on his own, including calling my name (Chris). All in all, he's been a joy in my life, and I look forward to a few more decades with him."
"Christopher Gordon"

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