We have owned our Double yellow headed amazon for eight years. He was only six months old when we brought him home (we don’t know if it is male or female, and it doesn’t matter to us!). He is the light of our lives! He greets our children each morning by name (he does not repeat what he hears, but can actually identify each child), laughs at our jokes (most of them from our youngest, who doesn’t quite understand they are supposed to be funny), dances to classical music (He looks like they conductor of the orchestra, moving his foot to the beat, and bobbing his head, and swaying), enjoys friday night pizza (he sits on his perch in the center of the table eating and talking and laughing with the kids).
He knows that mommy is the dominant member of the family, he listens and obeys just like a good child should. When he is scared, he will lean in and hide his face in my shirt. But he loves daddy the most. Every day at 5pm he begins to get excited and chatter because he’s waiting for daddy to get home. And the minute my husband walks in, he runs straight to the birdcage for his kisses, and tickles the birds belly and they both laugh! Our experience with this bird has been one of absolute awe – at what a highly intelligent, funny, and loving animal it truly is. It is true, just as with EVERY animal, you must be careful with children around.
Their beaks are incredibly strong, and sometimes they have bad days, just like we do. But with a good FAMILY, and lots of LOVE, and enough ATTENTION, these birds are more like adopting a small child. Ours now has such an extensive vocabulary that I honestly couldn’t count the number of words, but what amazes us is how he really “talks” to us, sometimes he can carry on a full conversation.
I heard my double yellow headed Amazon Parrot talking to the UPS guy for over 10 minutes one day before the man realized he was talking to a bird! He will out live me and my husband, and our children will have to fight over who gets to take him next, because he is loved by all! I highly recommend amazons for wonderful people with lots of love and happiness in their lives. Because those are the only homes these birds deserve. We are the lucky ones – to have be honored by having an amazon parrot as a pet in our home!