Yellow Nape Amazon gender

by Carlos
(Ventura California)

How can i tell if my Yellow Nape amazon is a male or female?

Can you breed a Yellow Nape with any other breed of bird such as Double Yellow Amazon.

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Nov 16, 2014
Yellow naped behavior
by: Tim in Ohio

I was wondering if someone could answer my question of my Yellow Naped Macaw's behavior. Fist off, I don't really know whether Curley is male or female. Curley is aabout 15 years old. Was purchased by my aunts Husband as a baby. He has since passed away in 2005, and due to recent health issues I have most graciously accepted Curley into my home. We've become fast buddies. It only took about 3 days for Curley to warm up to me, as I am pretty good with most animals. Some of my family and friends say that I am a animal whisperer. Curley ,after being with me after about six weeks, will most times come on the couch beside me, and usually close or up against me and flit his/her wings, and pant fast and and make a wheezing sound. I am associating it with possibly being in mating mode, but not sure. It could be a sign of showing contentment. My question is, if it is mating thing. Does that tell you it's gender, or do both male and female do this?

Jul 18, 2012
help needed
by: james jordan

i have a blue naped amazon he is amazeing but im just assumeing its a male sence it started claiming to be ralph ive had him quite some time now i was told he's around 25 to 26 years old i got him from my step mother who has passed away and now that i have time to spend with him im tryin to find out everything i can to keep him healthy he is very cool he only goes to me others he trys to bite which i assume he just wont let others handle him i take him out for walks and he loves ridein in my truck but i need more information about him and im willing to do what it takes to keep him alive but he also eats everything you have he will eat just about anything and i want to know what hes not aloud to have human food wise he is like my child and loves to talk (email removed - we don't post emails) im also wantin to know if he is a male if i can breed him or is he too old to breed

Editor's note: You need a DNA test. In the future if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, on our Parrot Questions page.

May 02, 2010
Breeding Amazon Parrots
by: Anonymous

I am a parrot breeder and I work hard to ensure the health of my babies and the proper placement of those parrots into good homes where they get attention, a clean environment and great food. I can supply numerous references and I am licensed in my state. I always tell my customers my birds (conures) are loud, my Amazons can be quite loud aand I never sell a biting baby (that baby just wants to stay with me).

But reputable breeders do not breed birds of different species, only sell birds to educated buyers and pet stores (any yes there are some privately owned stores worth purchasing from!). How do you tell? If the deal on a bird is too good to be true, it probably is.

I find it amazing that I am willing to provide the best of care and most rescue organizations will not work with me. I also know it is most convenient to blast all breeders, but without those of us that care, many of these species will eventually be unavailable.

I suggest that everyone educate themselves on the places where they purchase birds, the homes to which they will sell birds and to be less judgemental in deterimining what is right for your bird. I have many pet birds that are very happy in my environment, I have handicapped birds that just hang out and are happy in our bird room, and many, many old birds that will live their lives with us (because even I had to learn that there are those that take advantage).

Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.


Feb 24, 2010
Yellow Nape Amazon gender
by: Linda

I STRONGLY AGREE with the last person who wrote to you about breeding different birds together. Overall, it will weaken the gene pool making birds' lives shorter and full of disease and illness that was not there before. I know it is being done, and that does not make it right. What's SO wrong with a Blue and Gold Macaw or a Double Yellow Head Amazon that WE think we need to improve on?

As for sexing Amazons, here is a trick for an older Amazon about 6-7 years old. The sexually mature female Amazon has a reddish/orange cast to the iris of her eye. The mature mail has a dark brown iris with no hint of red. If your bird is a little older, you can tell this way, and it is reliable. If you wish to know sooner than puberty, then you'll need a DNA test.

As for breeding parrots, in general, I will never encourage it. The market is flooded with parrots, and a lot of them end up in neglectful/abusive homes. The fact that they can live for so long, makes this problem even worse. Most larger parrots, like the Amazons on up, average at least 10 homes per lifetime, and those may very well be the lucky ones. Once you have a clutch of eggs and then babies, you never know WHERE OR WITH WHOM your beloved babies will end up. First home may have been made in Heaven, but it usually goes downhill from there. People get birds for all the wrong reasons, they grow tired of their noise and mess, and in a lot of cases, just don't want to do all the learning and work raising and maintaining a parrot requires.

For all reading this, make very sure you have done all the study you need BEFORE bringing a parrot into your home. They are NOT easy nor are they going to be healthy until person learns everything and then some about their bird and parrot husbandry in general. They are highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive and have the ability to literally "run a household" if people do not know how to handle and train them. This causes the need for changing homes all the time. One person does not want to do the work, so they "give" the bird away to another who gives it away to another. Each new home makes the parrot in question less likely to TRUST humans and more likely to continue and add to unwanted behaviors like screaming, biting and plucking. This is a case where the parrot cannot be blamed, but does need some security and people he/she can trust. I admire people who take in rescues because, in most cases, this is the kind of lives they have lead with people, and they can be brought back in line with commitment, love, trust and training. There are NO bad birds, just lazy people.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Feb 23, 2010
Yellow Nape Amazon
by: Anonymous

There is no sure fire way to tell whether your Yellow Nape Amazon is male or female. You will have to get your birds gender by a DNA test. As for your breeding aspects inquiry, I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO NOT MATE TWO DIFFERENT SPECIES OF BIRD! If breeders continue to create hybrid parrots the blood and true breeds of parrots will be as tainted as the dog bloodline. Dogs have been crossbred for years and there has been recent light on the negative affects of crossbreeding such as diseases and irregular behaviors. WE DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO OUR PARROTS!

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