In a recent conversation I was having with a friend of mine, he was looking for my advice on which parrots make the best pets.
We had a long talk about all the different responsibilities of parrot ownership, and what kinds of commitments he will need to make.
He told me that he basically had his heart set on an Amazon parrot, so he had one simple question for me: do they make good pets?
I had never owned one myself, so I decided to look into it.
So, do Amazon parrots make good pets?
Yes, Amazon parrots make great pets for the right owner. Owning any parrot is a big commitment, so you need to be prepared for that. Amazon parrots are highly intelligent, highly social creatures that need a great deal of care and stimulation. If you think you can provide that, they will make a great pet.
Amazon parrots are friendly, curious, funny little animals that make fantastic companions for the right people.
However, as with any parrot, if you have never owned one before, then a lot of research needs to go into the process before you make your decision.
Owning an Amazon parrot is not like other typical pets.
Let’s look further into this.
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Are Amazon parrots good for beginners?
Yes, they are, comparatively speaking.
I do want to say, though, that even the easiest parrot in the world to own is still a lot different from owning virtually any other type of pet.
They are incredibly smart and have a lot of socialization needs.
It starts with buying from a responsible breeder.
They will make sure that the bird is properly trained and socialized from birth.
There’s a really important part in any Amazon parrot’s life where, if it is not properly tamed, the effects can be lifelong.
If you’ve bought from a responsible breeder, then you still need to take a great deal of time getting to know your Amazon parrot.
At first, you’ll have to spend a great deal of time with it, even if you have more than one.
But this is another important point: parrots are flock animals, and generally speaking, do not like to live alone.
Amazon parrots are a bit different and can comfortably live without another bird, but they will need to be around you for a lot of the day.
Ultimately, owning an Amazon parrot is going to involve a lot of research.
You need to be sure that the bird is right for you, and that you’re up for the commitment.
If you don’t handle it right, they can become aggressive.
Are Amazon parrots aggressive?
Generally speaking, no, Amazon parrots are not aggressive.
They are playful, joyful, and like interacting with you and even sometimes other pets.
Again, though, this will likely not be the case if you buy from a disreputable breeder.
Aggressiveness is managed in the early stages of life during taming.
If they are not properly tamed, then they could well become aggressive in a way that will end up being very difficult to correct.
In any case, you should always supervise an Amazon parrot when it is out of the cage and around other people or pets.
Aggressiveness could indicate they are lacking in something, like they are hungry, thirsty or haven’t been sleeping properly.
Over time, you will get to know your bird and understand its needs.
Are Amazon parrots noisy?
Yes—there’s no two ways about this one.
Amazon parrots are considered some of the noisiest parrots you can have, and this is compared to a lot of other, already very noisy parrots.
If you are not prepared to deal with the noise, then virtually any kind of parrot is probably not for you.
Amazon parrots especially, as they are indeed some of the loudest parrots in the animal kingdom.
They will chirp, cheep, whistle and sing virtually all day, and they’ll do it at high volumes.
They are also quite good talkers, and can pick up a lot of parts of human speech.
So, be careful what you say around it!
It is perhaps the number one issue that new parrot owners have, not being prepared for the noise levels.
How much do Amazon parrots cost?
There are multiple varieties of the Amazon parrot, varying in rarity, and this will naturally influence the price.
In general, you can expect the range to fall between $400 to $1000 dollars for the most common to the rarest varieties of Amazon parrot.
But you also have to factor in their annual cost.
Parrots in general cost somewhere from $180-$250 per year to keep, and sometimes a lot more depending on vet bills and other things.
Parrots are quite expensive, then, and Amazons in particular.
If you are after the rarer kinds of Amazon parrot, then be prepared to fork out a big upfront cost.
So, the simple answer is yes, Amazon parrots make great pets.
However, I can’t stress enough the commitment that it is to keep a parrot.
They can be demanding, and high-maintenance—if you’re prepared for that, though, they can be one of the most rewarding and friendly parrots you can have.
It all starts with you and the research you do, taking the time to really decide if an Amazon parrot is what you want.
If it seems like they make a good fit, then they will be a great pet.