Why is My Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot Talking Less and Getting Meaner?
Yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala)Roatan, Honduras

Why is My Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot Talking Less and Getting Meaner?

Nancy W asks

 

I have a yellow-naped amazon.

 

He is approximately 7-8 years old.

 

We got him as a baby.

 

He talks very little still.

 

What can I do to make him talk more?

 

Also, he is on the verge of being mean, biting at us, growling.

 

I am about at my wit’s end!!!

 

I know he is jealous of our dog.

 

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!

Nancy

 

Dear Nancy

 

Are you certain that you have a male amazon?

 

If you have not had it sexed you are just guessing.

 

At 7-8 YO most parrots are not going to learn to talk any more than they have learned prior.

 

 

Yes, females can talk but usually not to the level males can.

 

This is just a guess, but your bird may be hormonal. Aggression can result, male or female.

 

What kind of lighting do you have over your bird’s cage?

 

We have found over the years that lighting really affects our bird’s behavior and once corrected a lot of problem issues like biting, lashing out, plucking, masturbating, egg-laying, broody behavior go away.

 

2 bird cages covered at night with lighting still on

 

I would recommend a full spectrum bulb in a fixture placed as close as possible to the top of the cage on a timer set 12 hours on and 12 hours off year-round.

 

Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer

Full Spectrum Economy
Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer

 

This will help keep your bird even hormonally.

 

Basically you want them to feel like they are in the middle of the summer.

 

That is what the lights do for them.

 

sun conure in bird cage under full spectrum lighting

 

More expert lighting tips 

 

I hope this helps.

 

Best of luck

 

Catherine

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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