Posted Oct 05, 2013
I am basing this review off of my mother’s Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot. She acquired him shortly after I was born, making him around 21 years old. He is a beautiful bird, and very cleverly mimics our words and even phrases. He can say such phrases such as “hi pretty bird” and even learned to mimic my mother’s laughter and a baby’s cry (which was not enjoyable!). They do have very long lifespans, ranging from 80-100 years old. They are also fairly low cost, except when he got a respiratory infection and have to be in critical ICU care. Bedding and food are no more expensive than any other bird to own. The only real downside to these birds is that they can be very aggressive towards other family members. They typically only become attached to one person, while they may merely tolerate others. In this case, Popeye is very attached to my mother. She can cuddle with him and kiss his beak and he croons with affection. He does tolerate my father, but is more likely to bite or scratch him if he thinks that he can get to where my mother is. I have personally never been able to hold him because of these issues. Because of this, I would not recommend these parrots to a large family, especially if there are very young children. They are very pretty and smart birds, but they are only meant for the experienced bird owner.