amazons learning ability


(kansas city)

I have read that amazons don't hve the ability to learn more words after the age of 11 months . So if I were to get an older bird would I be able 2 teach it new words?

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Dec 09, 2011
amazon learning ability
by: jennifer

Thank you so much linda for your response. I had read that on a couple of websites and thought it sounded wrong but just wanted to make sure. I am wanting a double yellow headed and found an older bird but didn't know ifit was going to be able to learn anything more than what he already knows. I kept trying to research it but kept getting mixed reviews. So I thought asking this of owners would be the best way to find out so I thank you very much.

Dec 09, 2011
amazons learning ability
by: Linda

I don't know where you heard that, and let me assure you the Amazons can talk up a storm and learn new words as long as they can hear. My Red Lored Amazon, Eli, came to me when he was about 17 years old. He had a huge vocabulary at that time. He's now in his late 30's and is still learning new words and sounds. He can even put together short sentences and responds to questions with a high degree of accuracy.

Parrots have roughly the mental/emotional development of 4-5 year old human children which makes them some of the most intelligent creatures on this planet. This means they are very much like us in the ways they relate to their world. Their feelings are easily hurt, and they never forget a kindness just like they never forget being hurt physically or emotionally. They form close bonds with their human caretakers who become their "flock". Parrots are highly complex social creatures who enjoy being part of a family. They are birds though and so can sometimes be noisy, messy and demanding, so you need to understand everything about them before having one so you are able to make a good home for them.

All parrots do not learn to talk though. Eli's mate, Stella does not talk human as she prefers to talk Amazon. The Double Yellow Heads and Yellow Napes are the clearest talkers in the Amazon family and can also learn to sing quite complicated songs.

You do not have to "teach" them words as they learn them as they go along. Words, phrases and songs they like become part of their vocalizing. Birds usually prefer a woman's voice because it is higher pitched, and they also pick up words said with some emotion behind them. This is why they will learn to use bad words before good ones if they are exposed to them, so keep that in mind. It takes a while for any kind of bird to begin talking, and they do a lot of practice before you can understand them. The exception to this is the African Grey who can talk so clearly, it sounds exactly like the voice that said the words in the first place. They also pick up household sounds, like water running, toilet flushing and other sounds.

So, whoever told you that about the Amazons obviously has no experience with the parrots, and I'm glad you wrote in about it.

Linda

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