How to Make Friends with your Parrot

How to make friends with your parrotIn this article Barbara covers the topic of How to Make Friends with your Parrot.

If you are a fan of parrots like me, you look forward to those moments when you get to make a new parrot friend. Unlike a dog or cat that may respond to a new person right away, birds can sometimes require a little extra effort on our part. Birds are often a bit nervous about meeting a stranger. Here are some things you can do to help them to be more comfortable when you are getting to know them.

How to Make Friends with your Parrot

1. Give the bird space: Although it is very tempting try not to go right up to a bird. Give him some time to get used to you being in the same room. Once he is looking relaxed and comfortable you can move a bit closer to the bird.

2. Move slowly: Birds can become frightened when people move too quickly. You don’t want to scare your soon-to-be new friend.

3. Approach from the front: Be sure to approach the parrot so that he can easily see you coming. Many birds don’t like it when someone is moving behind them.

4. Show him something special: Before walking closer to a parrot, it is a good idea to have some treats, parrot toys or other special item with you. Ask people who know the bird what he likes best. You can show the bird what you have to give him before you get too close.

5. Watch his body language: When you show the parrot the special treat or item you have for him, watch how the bird responds. If he leans towards you he is saying he would very much like to accept your gift. If he leans away he might be saying he is not sure he is ready to make friends right now. If he is not ready, you can always try again later.

6. Offer him the special treat: If the parrot leans forward and reaches his beak towards what you have to offer, you can move closer and give him what you have. Whenever you offer a treat or toy to a parrot for the first time try to present it so that the bird has to lean forward to take it with his beak. This way you don’t have to get too close to the bird’s beak. This is so you can be extra sure the bird is ready for the treat. Sometimes when we get too close or offer the item to fast, a bird might respond by biting.

7. Offer more treats: If the parrot takes the first treat or toy and enjoys it. He might look or lean towards you for another one. If he does, that is an invitation to really start getting to know each other. Continue to offer him special treats or items. This will cause your new parrot friend to really look forward to your visits.

Once a parrot understands good things happen when you visit, you will begin to notice he will really want to get to know you better. He might be eager to step onto your hand. He might even talk or sing to see if he can encourage you to come closer with a special treat. If he feels very comfortable with you, he might even let you stroke the feathers on his head. This is a good sign that you were very careful not to scare him and have done a good job earning his trust.

Making friends with a parrot sometimes takes a little extra effort. But it is a very special compliment when a parrot accepts you as a friend. Pay close attention to your actions when you are meeting a parrot for the first time, offer him yummy treats and fun toys. Soon you will find yourself surrounded by many new feathered friends.

Barbara Heidenreich has been a professional animal trainer since 1990. Her company Good Bird Inc ( provides parrot training DVDs, books and workshops. She has been a featured speaker in twenty countries and has been published in nine languages. Barbara also consults on animal training in zoos.

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White Fronted Amazon – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: White Fronted Amazon (aka Spectacled Amazon)
Latin name: Amazona albifrons
Length: 26 – 28 cms / 10 – 11 inches
Weight: 190 – 250 grams
Life Span: up to 50 years
Origin: Mexico and central America (through to Costa Rica)
Noise Level: Noisy! But quieter than their larger cousins.

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These little birds are very social and enjoy the companionship of humans as well as other Amazons. They do make a wonderful companion, however they do need to be well socialized at a young age to different people and new situations, or as they age they can become rather shy. This can lead to problems of fright and stress, resulting in aggression etc.

Talking ability

Fairly good!

Feather Plucking

This is not common in these Amazons, however through stress or depression, it can happen.

Housing for your White Fronted Amazon Parrot

  • The larger the cage, the better.As a rule the cage size should be a minimum of 60″ x 36″ x 24″.
  • The cage should be situated in a part of the house where the bird will have lots of contact with people, in other words a high people – traffic area.
  • As many toys as possible should be provided especially if the bird is left alone most of the day.
  • They should be allowed a minimum of 3 – 4 hours out of cage time per day.

Feeding White Fronted Amazon Parrot

  • In the wild their diet consists of fruit, berries, plants, seeds and nuts.
  • It would be best to feed your White Fronted Amazon on a high quality pelleted diet, supplemented with a good seed mix and daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Provide some extra protein in the form of boiled egg
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.

In summarising, although the White-fronted Amazon is the smallest of all the Amazons, it thinks that it is the biggest! These dynamic little birds have no concept of their size.

An interesting fact is that the White fronted Amazon is sexually dimorphic in that the sexes can be distinguished by visual appearance. Males have bright red feathers on their shoulders / linings of wings and the females have green shoulders / wing linings.

Blue Fronted Amazon – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Blue fronted Amazon
Latin name: Amazona aestiva
Length: 36cm / 14.5 inches
Weight: 400 – 500 grams
Life Span: up to 50 years
Origin: South Eastern Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Northern Argentina
Noise Level: High – Loud!

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These Amazons are fairly intelligent and love being the centre of attention. They need lots of affection and time with their owners and seem to enjoy entertaining their owners with their clownish antics. They can also be somewhat moody and can thus become fairly aggressive if not trained and handled properly from a younger age.

Talking ability

Good, towards excellent!

Feather Plucking

This is not common in these Amazons. They do however still require a fair amount of mental stimulation.

Housing for your Blue fronted Amazon

  • The cage that you purchase must be as large as possible.
  • As a rule the cage size should be a minimum of 48″ x 30″ x 30″
  • The cage should be situated in a part of the house where the bird will have a reasonable amount of contact with people.
  • They should be allowed a minimum of 3 – 4 hours out of cage time per day.

Feeding Blue fronted Amazon

  • Provide a balanced diet; offer a wide variety of fresh foods, like fruits and vegetables, in addition to a staple pellet diet.
  • Amazons can also become bored when being stuck with the same food day after day, so it’s crucial to vary their diet regularly.
  • Make sure to watch portions and avoid high-fat foods as Amazons have a tendency toward obesity.
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.

In summarising, Amazons are highly resilient birds and are one of the least prone of all the parrot species to developing neurotic behaviours. They do make ideal pets but are not recommend for first time parrot owners.