44 year old Yellow Nape Amazon - scary

by Shari
(Leland NC)

Our family opened our doors to a yellow nape amazon. He is 44 years old and goes by the name of Joe. He allows my husband and son to touch him, but as soon as I got close to his cage he jumped on my arm. I don't think he likes me at all and im not so sure why. I am so scared to go near him now. At times when he is out of his cage he lowers his head and tries to spread his wings like he is going to fly. Why does he do this?

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Jan 04, 2011
44 year old Yellow Nape Amazon - scary
by: Linda

I agree with what Tracie said, and please do contact the Amazon Behaviorist.

The other issue is you'll need to take him to an Avian Vet as quickly as you can so he can be checked for any infections and also have bloodwork to see if his kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are functioning properly. You will need a sturdy travel cage, and your other family members can just put him in there, and the Avian Vet's people will take him out and put him back into travel cage. Have his wings clipped if they are not already to prevent him from flying all over the place. Have Avian Vet clip ONLY the 6 long Primary Flight feathers at the bottom ends of each wing. Do not allow them to cut up any higher as this causes chronic pain and cripples the bird. The 6 long primary feathers are enough so he cannot get enough lift to fly and will gently glide to the floor.

Thank you very much for taking in this older bird. The Yellow Napes can sing, talk up a storm and are normally sweet, funny and highly intelligent parrots. As Tracie said, Amazons can inflict severe damage, so having his wings clipped will ensure that he does not fly off his cage and hurt anyone. If his previous owner/handler was a man, then he is bonded with men and will come around to you in time. Do not be so afraid of him as you are respectful of the reasons he may be being aggressive toward you. He is old, has now been moved to yet another new home, and he's not a happy camper right now. Be patient, talk with the Amazon behaviorist and make sure he goes to the vet BEFORE any training or dietary changes take place. Birds under stress contract infections easily, and one this old needs bloodwork done to see how his organs are functioning.

You'll also need to change him over to organic pellets, and we recommend Harrisons Hi-Potency, Course Grind for him. You can find it here.The change takes time and here is a link about how to go about it. All seed diets kill parrots because they are mostly fat and not much quality proteins, vitamins and minerals.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Let us know how everything goes with the Avian Vet and the Behaviorist. We'd like to encourage others to take in these lonely, sad older birds, and your information will be worth its weight in gold, so please write us later on and post a picture of your new Guy as well.


Jan 03, 2011
Amazon parrot scares you
by: Tracie

Some birds just don't like some people, but there are ways to get them to tolerate every most of the time. Amazons can do some serious damage, so do be careful.

Joanie Doss is the expert on Amazon parrots. Her website, http://www.parrothouse.com/jdoss.html is well worth a visit.

We have some parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page that might be helpful too.

Thank you for taking care of this bird!

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