Blue Fronted Amazon Parrots

These beautiful birds are among the most popular pet parrots

A tame parrot - amazona aestiva - taking sunbath on the shoulder of an unrecognizable person.
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Blue Fronted Amazon parrots are among the most common birds kept as pets, and despite the name are a bright lime green. Also known as the Turquoise Fronted Amazon or simply the Blue Fronted Parrot, these birds are normally between 15 and 17 inches long from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers.

The bird, whose scientific name is Amazona aestiva, gets its common name from the blotch of blue found just above its beak on the front of its head.

They have touches of bright red on their shoulders and flight feathers and have black beaks and gray feet. Blue Fronted Amazons adapt well to living in cages, and their longevity -- most live up to 80 years -- makes them excellent pets.

If you're thinking of getting a Blue Fronted Amazon parrot as a pet, here are a few things to know before bringing one home (Hint: They're on the noisy side!).

Temperament of the Blue Fronted Amazon

Active and comical, Blue Fronted Amazons are natural performers. They love to be around their owners and will ham it up for extra attention. Prolific talkers and singers, they vocalize often and can be very loud when they want to be. 

And while Blue Fronted Amazons are good talkers, they are even better screamers. For people who live in close quarters like apartment buildings, these birds may be a little too loud to avoid annoying your neighbors. 

Blue Fronted Amazon Diet and Exercise

Like all parrots, Blue Fronted Amazons need a varied diet consisting of high-quality pellets, a quality seed mix, and daily servings of fresh, bird-safe fruits and vegetables.

Amazons are active parrots and should be allowed a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per day outside the cage (especially if their cage is small) to play and stretch their wings. These birds love to climb and chew, so it's recommended that Amazon parrot owners provide their pets with plenty of toys, including ladders and ropes to swing on.

Blue Fronted Amazon Parrots as Pets

These birds are highly intelligent and social, and they need regular human interaction. Don't buy an Amazon parrot if you don't have plenty of time to spend with it.

The minimum recommended cage size for an active bird like a Blue Fronted Amazon is 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet. If you can't get a very large cage for your Amazon, try to compensate by allowing him extra out-of-cage time each day.

Where to Buy a Blue Fronted Amazon

While you can usually find them at pet stores, it's best to go through a bird breeder who can verify your new pet's origins and his health if you want to buy any variety of exotic bird. Contact local bird breeders in your area and ask if you can visit them and spend time with their birds.

Seeing a Blue Fronted Amazon in its home environment will give you quite a bit of insight into what it's like to live with one, and the more you can visit with it before bringing it home, the better.