Orange-winged Amazon

Orange-winged Amazons (Amazona amazonic) are American(South and North) parrots. They live in flocks in the wild but when hand reared, they can live alone. Every bird of this species has its unique mood and two birds might react differently in the same situation. But, most of the time they require constant association from their favorite human.

Orange-winged Amazon

Quick Information

Other names Orange-winged parrot, Orange-winged amazon parrot, loro guaro,
Color Green plumage with orange tinges in wings and tail
Size 13-14 inches(33-35 cm)
Weight 10-17 oz (283-482 g)
Subspecies
  • A.a. amazonica
  • A. a. tobagensis
Distribution Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago
Habitat Dry woodlands, savannah with scattered trees, forests with swamps, mangroves and lowlands
Diet Fruits and seeds
Breeding age 3-4 years
Breeding season January-June
Clutch size 2-5 eggs
Incubation period 21-26 days
Fledging 2 months
Lifespan 60-70, even 80
IUCN Conservation Station Least Concern
Temperament as pets Charming
Maintenance requirement  Moderate
Noise level Can be noisy and  scream a lot
Talking ability Pretty good

Orange-winged Amazon Parrots

Orange-winged Amazon Bird

As pets

Housing

A suspended cage sizing 8ftX4ftX4ft gives sufficient space for an Amazon parrot. Accessorize it with a hanging perch having a rough texture (as it is better for their beak and legs) and a playpen. Toys are their stimulating factor so placing some inside the cage is required but don’t clutter the place. Remember, it is their “home” where they need to feel safe, secure, and comfy.

If you prepare a nest box, make sure it has a height of 40 inches and a diameter of 15 inches. The gate or the opening should be around 5 inches.

Temperature

Although they are capable of withstanding variable temperatures, still a draft-free and airy ambiance within moderate room temperatures is preferable for these parrots.

Temperament

Orange-winged Amazons enjoy human proximity throughout the day, be it while you are watching television or having chit-chats with your family. They love to accompany you in everything once they have formed an attachment with you. Even when they are not with you, they can be seen content on their perch, playing with toys or simply doing nothing. Some of these are lazy while some are extremely energetic. They can mimic your words, so interacting with them is a useful way to help them learn new words.

Orange-winged Amazon Male or Female

Orange-winged Amazon Baby

Feeding

These parrots require seed based diet in moderation as they tend to gain weight faster. Also include fresh vegetables, fruits along with chicken and cheese in their menu.

Care

Let your bird out of its cage for exercising as it needs to shed off extra weight. For bathing, find out what works for your bird, mist spray or bird bath. The timing is important as your bird should have rest, activity, and food in a balanced way.

Cage, toys, and perches along with your bird’s food and water bowls should be cleaned daily.

Health Problem

Psittacosis, papillomas, bacterial and viral infection, gout, and allergies are common ailments. Since these birds live longer, if you observe your pet having difficulty in breathing, swelling eyelids, loss of appetite, drooping wings, watery eyes, take immediate action by calling in a vet.

Price

A single Amazon costs within a range of $500-$1000.

Orange Winged Amazon

Orange Wing Amazon

Interesting fact

  • Although they have “orange” in their name, their body is mostly green and the orange part in the wing is only visible when they are flying.

Video: Orange-winged Amazon Talking

References

  1. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/amazons/orangewingedamazon.php
  2. http://www.allpetbirds.com/orange-winged-amazon-parrot
  3. https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/zoo/meet-the-zoo-animals/orange-winged-amazon-parrot/
  4. http://animalia.bio/orange-winged-amazon
  5. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/orange-winged-amazon-parrot/

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