Really, I am not focused solely on Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrots named Maynard. He just takes up a huge part of my time right now, in a fun and entertaining way. He’s delightful in how he reacts to me, calls for me, regurgitates for me. Okay, that last is neither fun nor entertaining.
He makes fun noises, as well, besides all the things he says. I am interested in finding out how much of that behavior is hard wired in to his head.
Here’s a great video with lots of information about the species: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3410Ls7owuM
Sadly, this video has no soundtrack of the birds’ actual sounds. But the footage itself is nice, and includes some green parakeets that aren’t really identified. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giar7aR5zoo
An awesome fact sheet with everything anyone could need to know about Amazons, except how noisy they can be. http://rosamondgiffordzoo.org/assets/uploads/animals/pdf/DoubleYellowHeadedAmazon.pdf
Because some of the plants the parrots eat in the wild are toxic to a certain degree, they often ingest clay or soil which neutralizes the toxins. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlmgzH6s2uk
While not a flock of wild parrots, these pairs in the Dallas World Aquarium are pretty, and one of them demonstrates a behavior my bird does as well, standing on one foot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EL_IyxCInA
And if you have a half hour with nothing planned, relax and watch this video on Wild Parrots of Peru.
See you on the weekend!