By Nat Lauth
Patrek is a Double Yellow Headed
Amazon approximately 4-6 years
old. I received him (tested and yep
a HIM thankfully) as a foster to adopt
in March of this year. He came as a
one owner bird and was placed in
the program due to the owners’
The first few days in my house
Patrek was quiet as sin. He never
made a single noise. I kept forgetting
his original name (Foghorn Longhorn)
so I referred to him as bird till
he referred to himself as Patrek and
thus his name.
I will never forget his first words to
me as I was talking to him as I do. I
made a stupid remark and heard in
response "You LIAR!" Whipping
around (because I hate that word)
"pardon me bird". He laughed a
hearty old lady laugh and said
"Patrek is a big boy!"
Patrek has a very big vocabulary
from "time to go to work”, “see you
later I love you". Every day as I
leave, to "hi Nat how are you
*laughing*" to everyday as I get
home. He uses no profanity for now.
He plays telephone and wolf whistles
most of the day back and forth
with my Quaker Basil.
His favorite food is Nutriberries and
Yo-yo Dips. I feed him a fruit pellet
diet and a little of this and that from
my meals, if he doesn’t scream at all
while I am eating (he used to wail
whenever he saw food or people
eating). He hates carrots and water
Patrek wanna cracker?
Oh yeah, oh YEAH...that's gooood cracker!
Let me share a little bit of information
about Amazons. They are a loving,
sociable parrot from South America.
Their love, affection and loyal nature
make them a wonderful pet for anyone
with large bird experience. Being very
intelligent they require time from an
owner willing to give them a lot of
attention and stimulate them with toys.
"Experts" say hand reared males are the
Easily trained they can gain an excellent
vocabulary or mimic sounds quite well.
For Amazons not stimulated, trained or
socialized they may become aggressive
and become burdened with behavioral
In the wild they range from South
America, Mexico to the Caribbean.
Their native foods are nuts, fruits and
leaves from trees. Most Amazons are
primarily green with accenting colors that
can be very stunning.
Being owned by an Amazon is a lot like
having an active two-year-old living with
you. Their average life span is 50+
years. Amazons are not for everybody
and research should be done before
making a commitment that you live with
for that many years.