Texas, United States
Posted May 29, 2009
To this day, this is still one of my favorite birds. I acquired her through an ad in the paper. She and another Amazon parrot were in poor condition, the owner had read somewhere that the birds should be given mineral oil daily for feather quality. Both parrots were unweight and lethargic, I bought both birds because I was afraid they would not survive much longer, apparently the owner thought so too, because I paid a third of his asking price. It took 3 months to get them looking good and active again. The blue fronted amazon began talking as soon as she started feeling better. Her vocabulary was large and she could mimic the laugh of everyone in the household. She meowed like the cats and could whine and growl like the dog. When the cats or dog were asleep, she would groom them, especially their ears, eventually she would say, "Oh, so soft!" or "What a pretty kitty. (or doggy.)" Waking them up terrified. When I was cooking dinner, Dominga would announce to my children's friends, "Go home, it's time for dinner." Dominga always tried to eat with a spoon, she never mastered it, and when the spoon would tip the contents out, she would finally fall into a screaming fit. She copied my kids by brushing her beak while they brushed their teeth.
When she reached sexual maturity, she became aggressive towards the kids and would fly at their faces. They could not understand the signs that she did not want to be touched and I finally had to give her up to some friends that did not have children.