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Orange-winged Amazon

Common Names: Orange-winged Amazon
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Amazona amazonica
Native Range: Northern and Central South America [Map]
Habitat: Forest and semi-open country
IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
Size: Medium 13 inches
Life Expectancy: 60+ years
Noise Level: Medium

The Orange-winged Amazon is a medium sized Amazon. Though sometimes confused with the Blue Front Amazon by the novice, the Orange-winged is the only Amazon with orange rather then red on the wings and bottom side of the tail. Like many Amazon parrots the dominate color is green. There is some blue and yellow on the face, and the bright orange in the wings and underside of the tail. The beak is horn colored at the top, turning darker towards the tip.

In their native region of South America, they inhabit all types of forests, woods, and Mangrove swamps. They eat fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, and blossoms. The orange-winged is also known to raid corn fields.

The orange-winged Amazon expresses typical Amazon behaviors. They love to play and interact with their owners. They need much socialization early on, or they will tend to bond with just their owner. They tend to be rather noisy first thing in the morning, and in the evening just before sunset. Amazons are rather independent birds. Though they love the attention of their owners, they are more then willing to play by themselves in their cage. They should have a spacious cage for this reason. They tend to not be as attention needy as cockatoos, and African Greys. The orange-winged is an intelligent bird, and can learn to talk and whistle.

My orange-winged Stretch was my first bird. I got him in 1978, and was told he was about 4 years old. He had been kept in a small cage in a back bedroom, fed only sunflower seeds and not given much attention. When I got married in 2006, Stretch decided he was no longer my bird, but my wife Sylvie's. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since my wife had never been around parrots, but quickly learned that you can not help but love a bird that loves you back. Though we give Stretch fruits and vegetables to eat, his main diet has continued to be a seed based diet. This has not seemed to cause him any trouble, since he is fully flighted and seems to burn off the extra calories. His two favorite treats are cheese and peanuts. To illustrate the intelligence of the orange-winged parrot, I would like to tell this one short story about Stretch. Stretch learned early on that screaming did not get my attention. So what he did learn was that if the phone rang, I would enter the room to answer it. To this day, Stretch will make the sound of the phone ringing, including the pauses to get somebody to come into the room. Sylvie takes Stretch into the shower with her to give him regular baths, something all birds need. Stretch has taught me much about parrots and their needs over the last 33 years, and I hope he will keep teaching me for at least the next 33.

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