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.
|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)|
|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|
|Clutch size||2-5 eggs|
|Incubation period||21-26 days|
|Lifespan||60-70, even 80|
|IUCN Conservation Station||Least Concern|
|Temperament as pets||Charming|
|Noise level||Can be noisy and scream a lot|
|Talking ability||Pretty good|
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.
Although they are capable of withstanding variable temperatures, still a draft-free and airy ambiance within moderate room temperatures is preferable for these parrots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A single Amazon costs within a range of $500-$1000.
- 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