Animal Stories - Orange-winged Amazon

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   The Orange-winged Amazon is a charming, beautiful pet bird and a pretty good talker!
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Henri - 2010-10-17
I have just got a new bird orange winged amazon. He is with us for about 10 days and I am worried because he is not social and seems angry with us. He is aggressive even when I try to change his food or water. Will he act like other parrots? What can I do to make him feel comfortable and safe? It has been told to us that he is a wild bird.

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  • Karen - 2011-02-01
    Dear Henri, I hope by now your OW is more social to you. I had a wild African Grey many years ago and it took some time for the Grey to be comfortable around my former husband and me - even so, the Grey become more bonded to my former husband since it was him who played with him where I was the Grey's housekeeper, cleaning and feeding him/her most of the time. I think with the more interaction you have with your OW, over time he/she will become a great companion for you!
  • CATHY - 2012-04-16
    Hi I got an orange wing too , and when they showed me his personality it was so sweet. Then he growled at me when I tried to get him off his perch,, but this is a bluff! ! They will get on a stick then your finger , they are not turning on you. They just all need a stick to get up on first I dont know why but that they way the are! ! And the scream was a big shock! ! I didnt know a parrot could be so loud! ! And I got him from a rescue place. When you're not happy you bring them back an lose all your money! ! Cant resell! ! What a jipped! ! ! But he doesnt scream after they get comfy in your home. I have a sports whistle that I blow in when he screamed and he stoped or I leave around 5 o'clock he screamed 4 times and thats all , so he a sweetie doesn't bite so I feel sorry for parrotts that go to people that don't know how loud they can be only to get stuffed in a closet or worse. Sell him if your not happy! ! ! Change water often cause they dunk their food! ! !
Jackie Bowers - 2012-03-09
After taking my OW parrot Punkin' to 2 vets and writing in to 'ask a vet' I am still at a loss. Punkin shakes his head (flinches) about every 5-10 seconds at times mostly at night. They don't feel that these are seizures because they would last longer. I have checked his diet and it seems to be fine. He talks and plays and eats and the vet says they just don't seem concerned at this point. It seems to be when he tries to fall asleep that this happens. Has anyone out there have a clue to what is going on or if their bird has done this? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-09
    He might just do this. Birds sometimes have peculiar mannerisms just like people. Is there anything that would 'tickle him' such as a fan or blower by the cage at night that would sorta take air across the top of his head? Probably just a mannerism and not long enough for seizures and mostly at night. Mannerism. Had a bird who always slept with one claw up his nostril. Another bird that clicked - I mean would click for prolonged times.
Rain - 2006-02-16
Our OW amazon is called Bubba and we have had him for just over a year. He is now a year and a half old and makes us laugh all the time. He is the most loveable pet you could ever wish for and is deeply dedicated and loyal to my boyfriend and I. He loves to roll on his back and have a fight with our fingers, he loves to imitate us laughing and even laughs when he is having a fight! He likes nothing better than walking under our duvet cover and trying to nest....I think it is because it is so warm under there. He seems to love dark places and always tries to climb under the computer desk. He does not talk all that much but more than makes up for it with bizarre noises and imitations. He loves having kisses and cuddles with us...we can even stroke him when he is lying on his back! I would highly recommend OW amazons as pets...they are awesome and so funny! Never a dull day when Bubba is around!

jadon hooper - 2008-11-06
I got my OW parrot 18 years ago. Does anyone think that is too long to have a parrot? Should I take her to a parrot zoo to be with other parrots and better enviroment?

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  • monique swartz - 2010-02-28
    if you get rid of the bird, know that the parrot got used to your voice and your senses.
  • Usako - 2010-04-29
    No, your parrot is bonded to you and would miss you very much if you did that. Parrots are for life, 18 years is nothing.
  • barb - 2010-12-03
    You should own your baby until it dies, if possible. Your baby should be just like a kid, would you get rid of your child once they turn 18, no. If she/he is happy and healthy, keep it. Don't get rid of it because of age. These birds can live into their 40"s, 50"s or longer.
  • Robert Tilton - 2011-05-11
    I've read somewhere that orange winged amazons can live about 35 years, I've had mine for 26 years years. The separation from you and putting the bird in a new envirionment would be very stressful for the bird.
  • Kristen - 2012-02-04
    Jadon, if you love and are happy with your bird, why would you give her away? Especially if she loves you back. It may be the worst thing you can do to your bird. These birds require a life-long commitment. They are flock birds and choose life-long mates. If there is a bond between you and your bird, don't do it unless absolutley necessary. You could ultimatley break her heart.
  • Rebecca Nyerges - 2012-02-20
    Orange wings live 60+ years if well cared for. I was just given a orange wing and he is great:) If you get rid of a older bird its best to try to give it to a person that will give it attention its used too...
Tinga - 2011-12-11
My brother has just bought me an OW after I mentioned wanting a parrot. He was bought from a bird breeder and we were given a certificate saying his hatching date as 15th July 2011. I have him home and I love him to pieces, but I'm unsure on how to tame him! I'm worried that he hasn't eaten since he arrived which was 48 hours ago. He also 'twitches' and panics, flapping away when ever I put my hand any where near him. I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice as I've never had a bird/parrot as a pet before. Thanks

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-12-11
    Well, first, give him some time to acclimate to his new environment. If he only arrived 48 hours ago I am sure he is still getting used to his surroundings and to the new people. I would talk to him daily when feeding him and in another couple days start approaching him again. Try offering him food and approach him with your hand very slowly. If he was hand-fed as a baby he will probably warm up to you pretty fast. Here is a guideline on taming an Amazon parrot for a little more information: Amazon Parrot Care, Handling and Training
  • David Buss - 2011-12-22
    I have an OW hatched July 12 2011. Figi was hand raised by a very good breeder who we knew. I was able to see and play with Figi from about 2 weeks old. You should contact the breeder and find out what they fed him and go with that. You can later introduce other approved foods. Don't worry once he gets use to you, or his new suroundings you can use food treats and a calm voice and he should come around. Figi loves to have his/her head/cheeks/chin scratched. The best thing you can do is talk to him and move slowly till he lets you handle him at will. You are in for a lot of fun and a friend for life.
krystal - 2011-12-11
i guess our biggest problem is my gramas bird peppi spent his whole life just about with chico grampas bird and a cockatoo he can be kind of a bully at times and i think its made peppi a very shy bird but if u seperate them they both get depressed. i dont know what to do chico never really hurts peppi he just pushes him around and sometimes off the cage but i dont think its good for him. do you think a cage with a removable panel to seperate them at least at night would be helpful? and do you know of any way i can encourage playful friendly behaviour?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-15
    If they have spent years like this - I would just let them spend more years like this. The macaw and the conure in my home get into pushing contest quite frequently. Is it play or fights, I am not sure but separat they will always go to the others cage. They find any which way to break into the others cage. They will sleep side by side. I try and think of two 3 year olds messing around - it helps. I'd just let them be and at night they probably don't even move around.
kay - 2011-06-17
My pet is the best. The good thing is that he loves me back and calls me by name.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    My Panama Amazon (Peppy) would always yell "MA HELP" when he knew the kids were doing something they shouldn't. I think it is great to be able to talk to your pet.
Lauralee - 2010-10-28
hi, i got my OW in 2001, he was a baby, his name is bono (i named him after my favourite singer), he's been my best friend ever since. i dont keep him in a cage, last year he flew away and for a week i searched everywhere for him but a neighbour caught him and hid him from me claiming bono as his own, i now have him back and i promised myself never to tell anything ever happen to him... parrots arent just pets, they're little friends who comfort you and bring joy into our lives.

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  • Dmarie - 2010-11-14
    So glad you got him back! and I completely agree that they aren't just pets..they are family and should be treated as such. I am thinking about an O/W to my family. I have heard they are more laid back then other amazons.. Do you find this to be true?
  • Sharat ganta - 2011-01-10

    If you still have this parrot we are interested to adopt him.
    Please contact me with more details.
Henri - 2010-10-17
I forgot to ask if is possible to find how old my OW is? The pet shop man did not know my OW age.

Irwan Fahmy - 2009-12-05
I got my OW when I went to a pet shop. He was quite sad and I noticed that he has been in the pet shop for nearly 2 years. He just stayed on the perch, with chain. I felt pity and decided to buy the fella. He was quite aggressive and shy during the 1st day of arrival. After a month, he settled down well and allow me to scratch his head as well as taking food from my hands. He just a young bird and I suspect that he came from the wild. He is also socializing well with my other 3 Amazonz. Now I'm happy with Chip and I will take care of him for the rest of my life.

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  • Donna - 2010-03-30
    I got my OW from a seller on craigslist and I am glad that I did. I am certain that he would be dead now had I not. I don't think they ever handled him or they did something to him cuz he freaks out about hands. I must say though in the 7 months that I have had him he has made a lot of progress. However; I believe that due to his unfortunate surroundings ie...filth, roaches, lack of stimulation etc...He does not even know how to be an Amazon. He was sick but we have a wonderful avian vet that treated him and we can tell he is grateful. He does not know how to play with anything and I have tried everything. I even drove to NJ several times to the worlds largest bird store just for him. He acts as if he does not know how to hold onto anything, falls from perch quite often. Vet says there is nothing medically wrong. Can anyone offer some advice on how to turn him into a playful bird that knows how to walk across a perch or up/down cage without falling? Nothing would make me happier than to see him actually engage in something other than sleeping and eating. Except him talking of course, he only chirps like the parakeets he was caged beside for who knows how long. Please Help.