Posted Jun 04, 2014
Mopar is my second BFA. I previously was owned by a wonderful BFA that came to me from a local Parrot Rescue back in 2004. She unfortunately died during a surgery to remove a very large cyst. I miss her greatly. Never knew her true age, so she very will could have been an older parrot.
As for Mopar, I got him in August, 2012 from a breeder in Florida. So this bird has been with me since he was 2-3 months old. So far, he has been a joy to have around the house. He can say close to 20 different words/phrases and whistle a few songs. He is pretty evenly tempered. Doesn't seem to care to much for strangers. He is not aggressive towards them, just shy.
I do travel quite a bit for work, so early on, I worked on getting him used to me being gone for up to a week at a time. My boyfriend takes care of him in my absence. We also have a friend that will watch him when we both go somewhere. So he doesn't seem to mind. At least I have never noticed a temperament change with him when trips arise. He has many toys, including foraging toys, ropes, chains, bells, sheddables, as well as foot toys. I believe this helps in getting them to learn to entertain themselves. Amazons tend to be a bit more easy going about schedule changes and such, anyways. At least from my experience with the two.
He can be very loud at times, so keep that in mind if you are considering any parrot.
Overall, I love this bird to pieces and cannot imagine life without him. Parrots are not for everyone, but if you have the desire to learn, time, and patience, then they are a wonderful addition. The biggest thing is to realize that they are very different from cats and dogs, so traditional pet keeping ideologies typically don't work with birds. Provide a spacious cage, plenty of out-of-cage time, lots of toys, and a varied diet of pellets and fresh veggies and fruit, and you'll have a happy bird.