The Full Profile, History, and Care of the Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot

Orange-winged Amazon parrot

Orange-winged butterflies are charming and lovely. Amazon parrots are quite popular as pets all around the world. They are a good choice for experienced bird owners who wish to build a deep bond with their own parrot since they like interacting with people. They aren't the flashiest parrots, but they aren't the feistiest, which is another reason they make excellent pets.

Species Overview

Common Names: Orange-winged Amazon, orange-winged parrot, loro guaro

Scientific Name: Amazona amazonica

Adult Size: 13 inches long, weighing 11 to 12 ounces

Life Expectancy: 60 to 70 years; some reported cases to 80

Origin and History

Amazon parrots with orange wings are endemic to South America. They're mostly found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela, while small populations may also be found in Bolivia and Brazil. These birds are sociable creatures. They're frequently seen in groups with other Amazon parrots, hunting for food and defending the group from predators.

The Guianas' micra orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica micra) and Trinidad and Tobago's 12-inch Tobago orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica tobagensis) are the two subspecies.

Temperament

Orange-winged Amazons make sweet and affectionate pets that bond closely to their owners. They have a comical attitude that makes them a hit with bird lovers everywhere.

They are more compassionate and have gentler dispositions than the other Amazons. Individuals, like any other bird, might deviate from the norm. Some members of this species, such as yellow-naped Amazons, can be gloomy.

As they reach sexual maturity, orange-winged Amazons are known to go through a hormonal bluffing stage (age 4 months to 1 year). This period is frequent in many Amazons, and it does pass after two years. Males, in particular, can get violent and bite. As a result, they're best suited to seasoned bird keepers with plenty of patience.

This bird is popular among many people since it is clever and fast to learn. These parrots are particularly gregarious due to their tendency to form groups with other birds. While some people have a favorite person, the majority of people get along well with a family. Amazons and little children, on the other hand, are rarely a suitable match.

Speech and Vocalizations

This bird has great communication skills. Many people can improve their vocabulary, and even non-speaking birds will enjoy whistling and replicating sounds in the house. It is not the loudest parrot in comparison to other parrots, although it may scream at times. This bird is not suited for living in an apartment or condo, or for living with near neighbors.

Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot Colors and Markings

This species is frequently confused with the due to their similar appearance. They're mostly green, with blue on the head and yellow spots on the crown and cheeks. These markings differ slightly, with the orange-winged Amazon having a more subdued color scheme.

The orange-winged Amazon is distinguished by a splash of orange on the front margins of their wings, which gives it their name. Unless the bird is in flight, this symbol is scarcely visible. When its wings are folded, the blue-fronted Amazon displays vivid red feathers on their shoulders, occasionally with yellow feathers.

The orange-winged butterfly The Amazon's beak and foot are horn-colored with gray undertones. Because it is a monomorphic species, distinguishing males from females is difficult without genetic testing or surgical sexing.

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Caring for an Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot

Social engagement is essential for Amazon parrots to stay healthy and happy. Neglected birds frequently engage in destructive behavior and despair. Unhappy birds can develop a variety of physical and mental issues, including plucking their feathers.

Orange-winged Amazon owners need to set aside time each day for one-on-one interaction with their bird. This scheduled activity period helps establish and maintain a healthy bond.

Purchase a cage that is at least 2 feet by 3 feet wide and 3 to 5 feet high with a playpen top. Outfit it with plenty of ropes, ladders, and perches so your bird can exercise while enclosed.

Hand-fed Amazon parrots are often sweet and caring pets, but they are also curious explorers that like chewing. Anything in your house can be seen as a toy and, if left around, may be chewed. Support the bird's natural need to chew by providing a variety of bird-safe toys that may be destroyed.

Training is quite simple if you have a clear idea of the bird's personality. Positive reinforcement works better in general. Avoid scolding and punishment by rewarding good conduct.

Common Health Problems

Bacterial respiratory issues (chlamydiosis or parrot fever), a lethal fungal disease (aspergillosis), and dietary inadequacies all affect Amazons. E. coli, Citrobacter, Staph, and Strep are the most common bacteria that cause problems. Bacteria can be transferred through water, seeds, old food, humid environments, damp cages, or dusty locations.

They may begin feather plucking due to boredom, inadequate nutrition, sexual dissatisfaction, or a lack of frequent bathing. Obesity and hypothyroidism are common among Amazons. A healthy lifestyle that includes daily exercise can help lower the likelihood of developing such ailments.

Diet and Nutrition

In the wild, Amazon parrots eat a wide array of seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and flora. Orange-winged Amazons thrive on a high-quality pelleted feed as pets. Daily portions of fresh should be added to the pellet meal. A diverse and fresh food can help your bird maintain optimal nutrition.

Feed approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pelleted food and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. A raw and varied diet will help ensure that your bird maintains top nutrition.

As with all parrots, avocado, chocolate, rhubarb, coffee beans, and alcohol are toxic to this bird. 

Exercise

Because Amazon parrots are prone to gaining weight, they must be given space to exercise. This bird needs to spend at least 3 to 4 hours every day outside of its cage. Active time under supervision allows your bird to burn calories and stretch its muscles. Its cerebral stimulation requires time spent training and socializing.

Pros
  • Social, affectionate, loyal

  • Intelligent, a great mimic and talker

  • Even-tempered Amazon species

Cons
  • Can get loud when it wants to; not recommended for apartment living

  • May have biting, aggressive period during its adolescence; not recommended for families with young children

Where to Adopt or Buy an Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot

Before you decide to adopt this bird, go see it at a nearby breeder. Interact with the birds in their natural habitat to determine if this is the correct decision for you.

Check animal shelters and rescue groups before buying a white-fronted Amazon from a bird store or breeder. A breeder can charge anything from $1,000 and $3,000 for one. Breeders or rescue organizations can be found using online resources:

  • Birds Now
  • Hookbills for Sale
  • Adopt a Pet

If you're buying from a breeder, make sure you interview them, examine their birds' overall health, inspect their living circumstances, and speak with previous buyers. Crammed living quarters, lethargic birds, and breeders that ignore your queries or don't appear to know much about their birds are all signs you should avoid the breeder.

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