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Charlie and Bart
Amazon Parrot Amazona amazonica - Charlie
Charlie came to us around 3 years ago, he was a much loved pet but his owners felt he would enjoy being with other parrots and in an aviary. This is certainly the case and as you can see he is a very happy parrot. He lives with Bart, a macaw and they get on very well and enjoy each others company. Charlie can live for 50 plus years, so he will be here for many years to come living a long and happy life.
Charlie is an orange-winged Amazon, and is a medium sized parrot. They are native to the New World, ranging from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean. Most Amazon parrots are predominantly green, with accenting colours that depend on the species can be quite vivid. They feed primarily on seeds, nuts and fruits.
Most Amazon parrots have a remarkable ability to mimic human speech and other sounds, partly due to this they are therefore popular as pets. This popularity has led to many parrots being taken from the wild to the extent that some species have become threatened. CITES treaties have therefore made trapping wild parrots for the pet trade illegal to protect the wild populations.
In order to maintain their health and happiness parrots require much more attention than other pets, such as dogs and cats.
They require communication, manipulative toys etc, and they also have a strong innate need to chew and therefore also need to have safe destructible toys.
Did you know that members of the parrot family fly erratically. This makes it more difficult for predators, such as hawks to catch them. Hawks soar and fly smoothly but they cannot follow the erratic path of a typical parrot.