Amazon parrots are the best talkers in the parrot world, next to the African Grey parrot!
The blue-fronted amazon (Amazona aestiva), also called the turquoise-fronted amazon and blue-fronted parrot, is a South American species of amazon parrot and one of the most common amazon parrots kept in captivity as a pet orcompanion parrot. Its common name is derived from the distinctive blue marking on its head just above its beak.
The blue-fronted amazon is a mainly green parrot about 38 cm (15 in) long. They have blue feathers on the forehead above the beak and yellow on the face and crown. Distribution of blue and yellow varies greatly among individuals. Unlike most otherAmazona parrots, its beak is mostly black. There is no overt sexual dimorphism to the human eye, but analysis of the feathers using spectrometry, a method which allows the plumage to be seen as it would be by a parrot’s tetrachromatic vision, shows clear differences between the plumage of the sexes.Juveniles of parrots are duller and have dark irises. Blue Fronted Amazon parrots will live from 40 to 80 years with proper diet and care. Large stainless steel bird cages will ensure your pet maintains excellent health and exercise. The Blue Fronted Amazon parrots, when compared with other birds like, the Eclectus Parrot, are quite amazing talkers. They will learn many words and phrases and will often learn to use the phrases in the correct context and with appropriate expression. They are great mimickers of expression, in fact. Although not all blue fronted parrots will be capable of very large vocabularies, they will learn to use their vocabularies in almost human manner. They will also often become great singers and love to listen to and mimic music.
HOUSING AND CARE
The blue-fronted amazon is commonly seen as a pet, both in South America and other parts of the world. Their talking ability varies greatly from individual to individual, but some speak nearly as well as the yellow-headed amazon group (yellow-naped, Panama, yellow-crowned, double yellow-headed. They seem to have a proclivity for singing. They require interaction but also can play with toys contently for several hours at a time. Pets require plenty of toys, perches, and climbing room. As with some other birds, under no circumstances are blue-fronted amazons to eat avocado! Some individuals, particularly males, can be aggressive in spring, the mating season.
Amazon parrots gain psychological enrichment when offered a varied diet containing a mix of commercial formulated feeds and seed supplemented with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables or any healthy human food. Fruit, such as, raisons, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots, plums and bananas should be added to their diet. Remove the apple seeds as these are toxic. They also like chopped vegetables like broccoli, which will help supply them with calcium, and green peas, sweet corn, carrots and carrot greens, beet greens, lettuce, watercress, sweet potatoes and sprouts. Amazon parrots particularly like corn and beans. They especially need the vitamins and nutrients found in vegetables and should be fed more vegetables than fruit. Any fresh foods that they do not eat should be discarded after 24 hours.