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Have any of you ever seen a yellow shouldered amazon? I saw one for the first time this week. It is very beautiful! It has a white ring right around the beak which is surrounded by a yellow ring. The yellow ring looks kind of like a baby yellow headed amazon. There is a turquoise wash to all of the feathers of the chest and belly. The bird is also very sweet.
 

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Unless the Bird Farm has one and I just never knew what it was called, I don't believe I've ever seen one before in person. I just Googled it, and they are beautiful! ;)
 

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They are very beautiful nanay from what I have seen of them on the internet... apparently rather pricey too. But I do like the look of them!
 

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This bird is beautiful and sweet. I'm just glad I'm not looking for an amazon, lol.
 

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Well you do have a pretty cool flock already nanay!
 
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That's very true, Daisy. Thanks for pointing that out. It helps me keep thing in perspective.
 

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I was looking in your other posts nanay and I noticed you said you lost your senegal? Did you actually lose her or did she die? Either way it's very sad :(
 

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Daisy,
My senegal is fine. Fat and sassy and up to her tricks. I'm sorry. I must have written something by mistake and not realized it. Roni is fine.
 

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Ah that's cool then! Phwew. It's just in a few posts you'd say you'd lost her, so I was a bit worried, but that's great!
 

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I did get to see the yellow shouldered amazon in action today at the bird store. I was there working with the white capped pionus, and the owner was working with the yellow shouldered. He is beautiful! He is smaller than a double yellow head, and she also said that yellow shouldereds are reported to be mild birds as far as amazons go. He was very cute, trying to flirt with the owner's double yellow head.
 

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So he's not quite as fiesty as the other amazons? Every amazon I've handled gets excited and over the top really easily and I end up getting nipped. As soon as that tail fans out I put them down. I'd like a mild amazon. Does he cost much?
 

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I will ask them what the costs are for that species. I know that orange wings are generally milder in personality, too. I am not sure about other species. This doesn't mean they can't all bite, though. Pionus as a whole are supposed to be milder than amazons as a whole, but they can flair their tails and bite, too, lol.

At any rate, Daisy, if you could get your hands on a yellow shouldered amazon, they are spectacular to look at. I don't know what their general talking potential is.
 

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http://www.avianweb.com/yellowshoulderedamazon.html

That is a link to pictures of the species. Do you see the blue wash on the front. I guess that isn't on all of them, but it is very distinct on this particular bird. His eyes are a brilliant orange. He is a card, too.
 

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Nevertheless, Daisy, my first recommendation for YOU remains a cape parrot, because they are so reasonably priced in your area as opposed to around here, and if you get them when they are tiny and interact with them, they are so darn sweet. Not that this is any of my business, lol.
 

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Hehe you just want me to get one ;) I'd very much so like one. But we're still having a good hard think at the moment. We may be getting a conure of some sort in March, then we'll be saving for something else so I don't expect anything any time soon! But I'd take anything really and from what I've heard people say about the Capes they seem very lovely hehe.
 

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A conure! :hurray:

I love conures. I believe they are very underrated as companion parrots, but that keeps the price lower, so that is a benefit to potential owners.

I find that the following birds are underrated:
budgies
cockatiels
grass parakeets
conures

Those are the only underrated birds I've had personal experience with. There are certainly others, but I don't know about them because I haven't had them.
 

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It really annoys me when people assume that budgies are just for kids and stuff. They make wonderful companions. As for the cockatiels I find them really loving and sweet, they're very forgiving. And they love their scritches. Breeding them as well as budgies is a real delight. As for grass parakeets I've only had them as aviary birds so I don't know much about personality. And I haven't HAD a conure but like I say I'm getting one around March. Most likely to be a green cheek :)
 

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Well, of course, I have to encourage you to get a green cheek!
 

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Can you tell me a bit about their personality please?
 

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Shira, my pineapple, has probably the best pet bird personality in this house. Well, she is the best bird who is mine - maybe, lol. Well, what can I say, all my birds are pretty darn sweet.

BUT, what is special about Shira, is that she is so easy to own. She isn't terribly easily frightened. In fact, she is sometimes too bold for her own good. She is very active, but less active than a kak, lol. Who isn't? Nevertheless, she can also settle down for a cuddle and accept petting and snuggling for long periods of time. She is already trying to talk, although they are not supposed to be good talkers. She is unclear, but she seems to be trying to say, "pretty bird" and "good girl", among other things.

Green cheeks can NIP. I used to say that Shira thought biting and chewing was an olympic sport. However, they can also learn, and she has learned to modify her nipping behaviors to the point that now she nips a lot but it doesn't really hurt.

Green cheeks love their people and they are not afraid to come to find you, so you have to be really careful that you don't kill them inadvertently. They love toys, all kinds of toys. They are very easy to train to do any sorts of tricks.

Shira is the bird I normally keep with me when I'm working on the computer. (Also the linnie is good with this.) Shira doesn't try to kill the computer. She likes to sit on my hands while I type and watch the screen. She also likes to look at the pictures, and she seems to have very definite opinions about the pictures, too.

Green cheeks hang on really tight when they are riding around on you, so if you go fast or bump into something they are usually ok. They don't get mad, but even if they do, they don't hold a grudge.

Well, other green cheek lovers will speak up, I'm sure. I think you will really like a green cheek since you like kaks. Imagine a kak with only about a third of the need to go, go, go.

The owner of the bird store has a green cheek who is, I believe, 28 years old. I'm not certain. He might only be 25 - or 23. He is at least 23. He is still going strong.
 
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