Orange winged amazon parrot
The Orange winged amazon parrot averages 12-13 inches in length and weighs 290-350 grams. This bird is often confused with the Blue-Fronted Amazon as they both have blue on their heads. The Orange-Wing is the only Amazon with orange feathers in their wings. The plumage of the Orange-Wing is primarily green with a blue forehead and some yellow on its crown and cheeks. The beak is horn colored with a black tip.
Average Lifespan: The average lifespan of an Orange-Winged Amazon in captivity is 40-60 years.
Sexing: The Orange-Winged Amazon is not sexually dimorphic therefore a DNA test is necessary to determine the sex of your bird.
Loudness: The Orange-Winged Amazon is like most amazons: they have a fairly loud call. This bird is not the best talker, but they have an excellent mimicking ability – especially in imitating sounds. They are much more noisy than the other Amazons we offer for
Trainability: The orange-Winged Amazon is a playful bird who loves to chew on wood. Although they are not the best talkers, they can be trained to speak given diligent guidance. Orange-Winged Amazons can be somewhat temperamental which can be challenging to a novice bird owner. However, they are extremely quick learners and are amenable to change in most situations. It is important to provide consistent discipline throughout the stages of this bird’s life in order to avoid aggressive behaviors.
Care and Feeding of an Orange winged amazon parrot
Amazon parrots have a tendency toward becoming couch potatoes, sitting around a good part of the day, eating starchy foods. But there are consequences for an obese bird: fatty tumors and a greatly reduced life span. Like most Amazon parrots, orange wings are among the longer-lived parrot species; make sure that your children or a good-natured neighbor love the bird too because they just might inherit him. Good nutrition, including lots of fruits, vegetables and nutritionally balanced pelleted diet, and lots of playtime and exercise will keep your Amazon in good shape for years to come. Avi-Cakes, Nutri-Berries, and other Lafeber parrot food also offer healthy nutrition and excellent foraging opportunities.
Orange-winged Amazon owners need to set aside time each day for one-on-one interaction with their parrot. This scheduled activity period helps establish and maintain a healthy bond between you and your bird.
Purchase a cage that is at least 2 feet by 3 feet wide and 3 to 5 feet high with a playpen top. Outfit it with plenty of ropes, ladders, and perches so your bird can exercise while enclosed.
While hand-fed Amazon parrots typically make loving, affectionate pets, they are also curious explorers that like to chew. Anything in your home can be viewed as a toy and may get chewed if left around. Go along with the bird’s instinct to chew and provide plenty of bird-safe toys that can be destroyed.
Once you develop a good understanding of the bird’s personality, training is relatively easy. In general, positive reinforcement works best. Reward correct behavior and avoid scolding and punishment.
Personality and Behavior of Orange winged amazon parrots
Among the feisty Amazons, the orange-winged Amazon is a mellower beast, and makes a good companion for someone not willing to deal with the huge personality of the yellow-napped Amazon parrot. Make no mistake, however, the orange-winged Amazon isn’t a wallflower. It has the lively, energetic, spirited personality common to its family.
The Orange-winged likes to be with you whether you’re watching TV or having dinner. Your amazon will chat, sing, and mimic more frequently the more it interacts with its human counterparts. The more time you spend with your feathery buddy, the stronger the bond will become.
Generally, the Amazon isn’t a bird for everyone, though a hand fed orange-winged Amazon parrot, with its amiable personality and striking good looks, can make a great companion for someone willing to put in the time and effort in caring for this underappreciated species.
Speech and Vocalizations
This bird speaks with great clarity. Even non-talking birds will love whistling and mimicking sounds about the house, and many people can grow good vocabularyes. It’s not the loudest parrot by any means, but it can scream occasionally. This bird is not appropriate for living in an apartment, a condo, or a home with close neighbors.
The orange winged amazon nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually three or four in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 26 days and the chicks leave the nest about 60 days after hatching.
The orange-winged amazon has been introduced to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, where it has been observed successfully hybridizing with a feral scaly-headed parrot and also attempting to breed with feral monk parakeet and rose-ringed parakeet, even involving itself in the former species’ unusual nest building behaviour.
Orange winged Amazons make sweet and affectionate pets that bond closely to their owners. They have a comical attitude that makes them a hit with bird lovers everywhere.
You’ll find them to be more gentle and have milder personalities than other Amazons. As with any bird, however, individuals can break from the norm. Some from this species can be moody like yellow-naped Amazons.