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COMPANION AMAZONS .pdf
The What You See is What You Get Parrot
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: PERSONAL HISTORY, OBSERVATIONS, RESEARCH

AMAZONS WERE THE FIRST TEACHERS IN MY STUDY OF PARROTS 

AMAZONS AS A MAINSTREAM COMPANION

The Budgie Craze

Amazon Generalities

Smuggled Amazons

Increasing Popularity

EARLY LITERATURE

Little Current Information Available

An Excerpt from a Very Old Natural History Book


THE AMAZONS IN MY LIFE

Long-term Devotion

My First Classroom

My First Large Parrots

Charo and Chongo’s First Bappy

Charo and Chongo’s Next Two Clutches

One Every Year???

Sidebar: Do You Want to do Your Trick?

A Fascinating, if Somewhat Gross, Difference

Sidebar: A Sad Loss

Paco and Rascal Together

Pascal: My Grand-bappy Comes Home

Fitting in with the Flock

Bosco, the Office Boy

Sidebar: Comfort Behaviors

My Move to Colorado


WORKING WITH AMAZONS

Slowing Down for Trust

Moving Back to California from Kansas

Intelligence, Loyalty, and Memory

Focused Attention

Trust-building Not Trust-destroying

Reacting to Fear

Predictably Unpredictable

Don’t Lead with your Face 

Anticipation of Need

Out Bluffing the Bluffer

Taming Tame Amazons

Whose Fault is It?

Individual Personalities: Parrots & People

Breaking the Stereotypical Roles

Finding two Uncommon Amazons

Good Nutrition is Essential

The Best Traits

 
Chapter Two: CHOOSING AND BUYING AN AMAZON

WHICH AMAZON IS THE BEST COMPANION?

Do a Lot of Homework

Important Considerations in Purchasing a Young Amazon

Health Considerations

Sidebar: Physical Signs of Illness

 
THE “SECOND-CHANCE” AMAZON

Bad News and Good News

More Bad News and a Little Good News

Losing Hand Control

Getting Started

Philosophical Steps

 

DEFINING AVIAN RESCUE

Love is Not Enough

OLDER, ELDERLY, & SPECIAL NEEDS AMAZONS

Age is Difficult to Know

Special Needs Amazons

Defining Success

 

Chapter Three: THE PHYSICAL CARE OF AMAZONS

THE CAGE AND ACCESSORIES

The Importance of Optimal Physical Enrichment

Cage Location Considerations

Cage Materials and Shapes

Sidebar: Cage Set-up Ideas

Cage Size page

The Cage Floor page

Perches and Swings

Toys, Toys, and More Toys

Food and Water Bowls

What about a Toy Box?

Sleeping/Time-out Cage 

T-stands and Play Gyms page 69

Stick Training

The Importance of Towel Training

The Play Gym: Floor and Hanging

The Need for Good Lighting

Covering the Cage

Outdoor Aviaries

Traveling and Emergency Accessories


THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

Highly Active Animals page

Interactive Play Exercise

Assisted Flight Parrot Air-obicstm 

LETTING YOUR AMAZON FLY

Pros and Cons

Should Amazon Parrots be Able to Fly?

JOYOUS BATHING

Wild Amazon Bathing

The Less than Enthusiastic Showerer

 
AMAZON FEATHER CARE

Feather Conditioning and Preening

Replacing Feathers: Molting


FEATHER DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR IN AMAZONS

Not Common with Amazons

Trauma and Chaos page

Sexual Over-stimulation page

Amazon Foot Necrosis page

The Importance of Foot Bathing 

Chapter Four: FEEDING AMAZONS A HEALTHY DIET

THEY ARE WHAT THEY EAT

Gluttons and Hedonists

Food is Also Behavioral Enrichment

Sidebar: Foods to Stay Away From

Nutritional Basics

Converting an Amazon to a Healthy Diet

A Few Feeding Tips

 

Chapter Five: BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING

CREATING AND MAINTAINING A POSITIVE MUTUAL BOND

Nurturing Guidance page

Sidebar: Ten Basics 

Understanding Behavior Basics

Maintaining Positive Physical Contact

Clear Consistent Calm Communication

Laddering: Patterning, not Punishment 

Stick Training

Gentling Exercises

Three Levels of Attention


AMAZON EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD

Playing Hard

Overload is NOT Intended Aggression


READING AMAZON BODY LANGUAGE

Predictably Unpredictable

Flash Colors

Common Amazon Body Language


AMAZONS ON SHOULDERS

The Favorite Perch

Guidelines for Amazons on Shoulders


ARE AMAZONS REALLY ONE-PERSON BIRDS?

Love the One You’re With

Discouraging the One-person Bird


UNDERSTANDING YOUR AMAZON AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

A Positive Bond and a Negative Bond

Why is Sexual Stimulation Bad for our Amazons?

Masturbation

Not All Amazons Exhibit Excessive Sexual Behavior

Sidebar: Possible Sexual Triggers

Breeding Triggers page

Environmental Influences page

Sidebar: What Sexual Behavior Looks Like

Positive Ways to Relate to an Amazon

 

SCREAMING AND VOCALIZATIONS

A Positive and Negative Trade-off

Let Them Scream ... Sometimes

Problem Screaming

Controlling the Noise

Talking and Positive Vocalizations

Tips on Working with Screaming

Learning Our Language

Sidebar: Amazon Vocalizations from 1884 Parrot book page

 

BITING AND AGGRESSION IN AMAZONS

Biting Happens

Predictable Unpredictable

Using “Nurturing Manipulation” to Control Aggressive Behavior


Chapter Six: BASIC AMAZON PERSONALITY PROFILES


THE EMBODIMENT OF “PARROTNESS”

Survey Trends


COMMON COMPANION SPECIES CHARACTERISTICS

Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)

Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala)

Double-yellow head (Amazona ochrocpehalia)

Festive/Bodini’s Amazon (Amazona festiva)

Green-cheeked Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis)

Hispaniolan Amazon (Amazona ventralis)

Lilac-crowned Amazon (Amazona finschi)

Mealy Amazon (Amazona farinosa)

Orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica)

Panama Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala panamensis)

Tucuman Amazon (Amazona tucumana)

White-fronted Amazon (Amazona albifrons)

Yellow-fronted Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala)

Yellow-nape Amazon (Amazona ocrocephala auropalliata)

Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis)


OTHER AMAZONS AND ENDANGERED AMAZONS

Most of these Amazons are Endangered

Why are Amazons so Threatened

 

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AMAZONS

SOME AMAZON HUMOR

INDEX page 

 

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