||Ten years old|
||Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot|
||Moorhead, Minnesota, USA|
have two beautiful and sweet Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots. The first is
named Elvis, a sweetie with an adorable yellow stripe on his head that
looks like a mohawk and Priscilla a sweet shy little girl who has a tiny
spec of yellow on her nose. They are both wonderful, but Elvis is nearest
and dearest to my heart. When I got him and his mate, the woman I bought
them from said she used them as a breeding pair and they were not tame and
untrainable as they are both already ten years old and had gone this long
without ever being touched by humans.
Well, with some good advice from other parrot owners and a lot of patience
they are now my sweet babies. It's like having two children stuck being two
years old forever. They are always making new discoveries and figuring out
some interesting way to take apart anything they can. One day I was doing
my normal routine reading and singing to them (this makes them more calm
around my voice) while I gave them their afternoon meal. I always end by
telling them, "Mommy loves you." And then out of the blue, Elvis tilts his
head to the side stares me down point blank and chimes, "Loooooove
Youuuu!" It made my day, week, month and year. It was beyond cute and just
melted my heart. Now even though he knows how to say thank you, whenever I
give him a treat or a bath he chimes, "Loooooooveee Yoooouuu!" Here's a
direct link to him chatting and saying, "Love you.".
I have only had these babies a few months so their turn around from what
their previous owner said they were is amazing! He has all sorts of funny
tricks he does that make him way more entertaining than TV! My favorite
is, if we are training and he refuses to do the trick we are working on
but still wants a treat, he will climb down the side of his cage to the
shelf his jar of tiny crackers are that I use as his rewards for learning
new tricks and unscrew the lid and take one himself. This is made even
cuter by the fact that he takes it back up the cage gives it to Priscilla,
and then goes and gets himself another. He's a great bird!
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