Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrots
Double Yellow-Headed Amazons make wonderful, affectionate pets when hand fed and raised in captivity from a young age. Highly gifted and possessing impressive speech abilities, the Double Yellow-Headed Amazon is a charming bird that loves being the center of attention. Just be sure you have four to six hours per day to devote to care, social play, and out-of-cage time before adopting one.
How to Interact with Double Yellow-Headed Amazon parrot
How well you interact with your Double Yellow-Headed Amazon parrot is very important to its happiness and overall well-being. Train your parrot to eat food from your hand and follow a target. Communicate with it frequently by teaching it words and phrases and repeating them often.
Training Your Double Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot
Get your parrot to eat out of your hand. The first step to training a Double Yellow-Headed parrot is to get it to eat out of your hands. Simply hold a treat through the bars of the parrot’s cage and wait for it to come take the treat. Be patient and still, as this process might take a while depending on how fearful the parrot is when you first get it.
Teach your bird to target. Hold out a “target stick” (e.g., a chopstick) and wait for it to come over and touch it with its beak. As soon as it does, give it a treat. Move the stick around and encourage your parrot to follow and touch it, rewarding it when it does. If your bird refuses to touch the stick on its own for the first time, gently touch the stick to its beak and reward it.
Get the bird to step onto a perch, or your hand. Use the “target stick” to guide your bird to a perch or your hand. Introduce a phrase like “step up” every time you prompt it onto target area, and reward it promptly when it does. Gradually phase out use of the “target stick,” instead simply using the prompt and presenting the target stand
Teaching Your Double Yellow-Headed How to Speak
Teach your Double Yellow-Headed simple words. Encourage bonding and communication with your parrot by saying simple words for it to repeat. Keep in mind that birds tend to learn words more easily when you deliver them enthusiastically. Establish context for certain words by saying them in situations where they would be appropriate
Be patient during the learning process. Be patient while your parrot learns how to speak and keep trying to teach it new words and phrases. Some parrots may take days or weeks to process words and repeat them back, while some may never be able to reproduce certain sounds. Accept your parrot’s progress and limitations and note that speaking to it regularly is important for its social needs regardless
Reinforce your parrot’s vocabulary. Your parrot may lose a word or phrase from its vocabulary if you do not encourage it to repeat it regularly. The best way to maintain your bird’s speech patterns is to talk to it regularly and enthusiastically. Hearing you say phrases, or being rewarded with attention and praise for saying them itself will help your pet remember.
Calmly guide your parrot away from overused or repetitive sayings. If your parrot repeats certain words or phrases incessantly, don’t react strongly. Try repeating a new word or phrase each time your bird says the old one. It will enjoy the back and forth with you and be tempted to repeat the new phrase, eventually breaking the repetition of the first one.
Keeping Your Amazon Parrot Happy
Make sure your parrot is not isolated for too long. Before you buy or adopt an Amazon parrot, make sure that you can devote a great deal of time to it. These birds are very social animals and they can develop behavioral problems if they do not get enough attention. Set aside a few hours a day to play with it, talk to it, and make sure it is adequately entertained
Let your parrot out of its cage at least four hours a day. Your Amazon parrot should be let out of its cage in a secure room for at least four hours a day. Remove all potential dangers for your bird from the room, including other pets, toxic plants, and sharp objects. Without this time to move and explore, your parrot may scream or act out due to boredom and lack of exercise.
Play games with your Amazon parrot. Keep your parrot mentally stimulated and socially engaged by playing games with it. Have your parrot chase a toy on a string, which will give it plenty of floor exercise. You can also play hiding games, such as hiding a treat under a throw pillow or stuffed toy and having it search for it.
Get another parrot. If your parrot is acting out, it may be due to a lack of socialization with other birds. Ask your veterinarian for advice before introducing a new bird to your parrot. If you do buy a friend for your bird, it is best to keep it in a separate cage, adjacent to your parrot, to avoid breeding and to give each parrot adequate space.