Parrot Care

The Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

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The blue fronted Amazon parrot (Amazona aestiva) is one of 27 species of Amazon parrot. They are very intelligent birds that form a strong bond with their owners. Growing up to 15 inches tall, and living to over 60, this bird is a life long joy and commitment. In common with other Amazons the blue front has a predominantly green body, is a talented mimic, and extremely loud!

Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

Appearance
The bird’s name derives from the blue markings on its face. The head can have a wide range of individual markings, and is typically a yellow coloration extending into the green body. You will note that the bird’s feathers become a darker green at the edges. The real distinguishing sign of a blue fronted Amazon parrot is in fact the red markings on the shoulder as it is very rare that these are absent. Feet are dark in color.


Habitat
The natural habitat of these birds is Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Handling & Training
This is a really friendly bird, but just like their owners they can get moody in older age. Blue fronted Amazon parrots require a great deal of attention. By sending a lot of time with your pet you will find that it bonds strongly with you and entertains with singing and talking. Be warned that this is one pet that will become aggressive and noisy without enough attention.

Housing
You will need a strong aviary for these birds as they tend to attack the woodwork with their powerful beaks. Also, with this parrot growing up to 15 inches housing arrangements must accommodate the need for a daily stretch of its wings. If you do keep your pet in a cage then an additional flight cage is a requirement. The cage itself should be at least 36 inches high and 30 inches wide. The bars should not be further than an inch apart. One tip is to rotate perches from time to time to avoid the repetitive stress of a single perch shape. As with all cages a metal grid above the substrate and water above the perch level are good measures to avoid health issues relating to waste contamination.

Blue fronted have a habit of being pretty noisy at dawn and dusk so you may want to keep them confined at those times. Even with that precaution you must consider whether you and your neighbors can live with the noise levels of such a bird.

Blue Fronted Amazon Housing

It is possible to keep these birds inside at room temperature, but the cage must be well off the floor away from potential drafts as this is a bird that does not appreciate changes in temperature.

Keep the housing clean at all times by placing water multiple times per day, regular cage cleaning, and substrate replacement at least weekly.

Diet
Parrot mix along with greens and fruit are a good diet for the blue fronted Amazon parrot. The parrot mix makes up around 65% of the diet and preferred fruits and vegetables are potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach, bananas, papayas, grapes and mangoes. Always make sure that your parrot has access to clean water as this species often enjoy bathing their food in water prior to eating. Be careful not to overfeed your bird as weight loss can be an issue.

Breeding
You will need scientific sexing to identify a breeding pair and they should be well settled into their environment. Once that is achieved you need to accommodate their breeding period (early summer in the Northern hemisphere). Typically this breed produces one round of three to four chicks. Incubation is 28 days a fledgling 65 days later. Once born the young blue front Amazon parrots will have duller color than adults and brown irises.

A young blue fronted Amazon parrot:

Young blue fronted Amazon parrot

Comparison
There are many types of parrot to chose from so before you rush to purchase a blue fronted it is well worth researching other species such as Senegal parrots or the Meyers Parrot. In reading about these two other birds you will get a sense of the diversity in parrot choice.


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