Posted Feb 10, 2014
Oscar the Blue-Fronted Amazon is a complex creature. He loves my father, likes my mother, and only likes to attempt to bite me and copy my voice. I guess he could be considered a "one person" pet.
To my father, Oscar is a lamb. My father can pick him up, snuggle with him, and get "kisses" on his nose. Oscar loves to watch football and baseball with my father.
My mother can have Oscar perch on her fingers and receive kisses from him. He never threatens to bite her.
I must be Oscar's muse. I can talk or sing to him, and he copies me. On more than one occasion, I have been out of the house and my father will think I am home because Oscar uses my voice. Oscar will even answer my father in my voice.
Oscar runs our house. Despite his diminutive size, EVERY animal in our house respects and fears him. I call him "Napoleon."
That little bird is also very hearty. About 25 years ago, Oscar caught a flu. We found him upside down in his cage one night and thought we were going to lose him. Fortunately, my aunt was a vet tech for a bird specialist and we took Oscar to her office. The vet said that if it wasn't for Oscar's feisty and ornery temperament, he would have surely died.
Note: Birds are sensitive to environment. My family uses all-natural cleaning agents in the house and keeps the house temperature comfortable for the bird. Before getting a bird, please prepare your house so that you can enjoy many years together.