Lilac Crowned Amazon in El Paso, TX

by Deborah
(El Paso, TX)

Well, I was outside my front yard trying out my new hedge trimmer when I heard this dreadful sound. Not ever hearing this sound before I put my hedge trimmer down to investigate what this noise was. I looked up in my neighbors tree and saw this green bird. Now this was in the second week of July with 100 plus degrees.

So I started talking to this beautiful creature for 15 or 20 minutes then realised this bird is some kind of special bird that needs fruit and vegetables. What to do? So I thought I have some ripe cherries in my frig. I thought well when I go inside to get them this bird will fly away. To my surprise the bird was waiting for me in my front yard tree. With the bowl full of cherries I held them up for the bird to eat. He came tumbleing down the tree branch got a cherry and then went back up the tree.

I thought well he got a cherry and that the end of him. Then I figured if he is really hungry he will come down for more. So this time I held the bowl full of cherries down to my waist thinking this time I will capture him. Yes he was hungry so I grabed him with my bare hands as he was bitting them all the way into my house. Fingers bleeding and throbing my cats in the house what to do now.

Well, I put him on the kitchen floor my cats thinking brought them lunch act quick what do I do now. I thru a blanket over the bird then thought now what do i do. So I bundled the bird up and put him into a pet carrier and then looked at my poor fingers as they were bleeding all over the floor. I took care of that problem called my brother who has birds and asked what to do next.

Well, I put an ad in my local paper to find the owner. No owner claimed the bird. He now has a wonderful home in a $400 cage I bought for him lots of toys lots of love and good food to eat. He is such a joy and a great companion. I love my Lilac Crowned Amazon so very much.


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Jan 19, 2010
Lilac Crowned Amazon in El Paso, TX
by: Linda

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing and thanks especially for giving this bird a new home. He probably flew away from his last home, and maybe the people even let him go which is common.

ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. NEVER ALLOW A PARROT OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL TO EAT A CHERRY PIT BECAUSE THEY ARE HIGHLY TOXIC. THEY ARE CYANIDE IN ITS NATURAL FORM. ALSO NEVER GIVE CHERRY LEAVES OR BARK OFF A BRANCH TO A BIRD. ONCE A CHERRY BRANCH HAS BEEN CURED (A YEAR OR TWO IN A DRY PLACE) IT CAN BE USED AS A PERCH, BUT NOT GREEN. DRIED CHERRY LEAVES HAVE A CONCENTRATED AMOUNT OF THE CYANIDE, SO BASICALLY LEAVE CHERRY ALONE.

Your bird needs to be eating an organic high quality pelleted diet, and Tracie has several kinds out here. Birds do not just eat fruit, veggies and seeds. In fact, the fruit and veggies can only be no more than 10% of a bird's overall diet. The organic pellets are the best in that they have no dyes, preservatives or pesticide residue. They appear to cost a little more than some of the cheap stuff, and your bird's condition will be much better using a higher quality pellet. Here is a link, written by an Avian Vet, about how to change over to pellets from seeds:

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

You'll also need to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your area as soon as possible. Your bird could be and most likely is harboring some type of infection and possibly parasites inside and out. So take him for a good checkup to make sure he is healthy.

Otherwise, you are doing great and will benefit from doing some reading about your bird and the Amazon family in general. The Lilac Crowns are one of the prettiest of the Amazons.

Linda

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