Care instructions for Amazon parrots

Pasningsvejledning for Amazonpapegøjer

Care instructions for blue-fronted amazon (used as standard for amazon parrots, short-tailed parrots and parrots of the genus Pionus )

1. Animal species Blue-fronted Amazon ( Amazona aestiva aestiva )
2. Full grown size approx. 37 cm
3. Expected life expectancy Up to approx. 40 years
4. Recommended size and layout of facility or cage

Recommended aviary size H200 x D150 x W300 cm. Indoor space 1-2 m2. This is a recommended size for birds that are in aviaries and can breed in these conditions. It is important to ensure that your bird(s) do not fly away. This is done using a safety passage or airlock that you can enter and close the door behind you before entering your bird. For domestic birds, a cage of H120 x D100 x W200 cm is recommended. A cage can never be too big, but if you have a smaller cage, it is important that your bird gets out to fly as often as possible in the living room.

5. Special care needs, including special requirements for temperature conditions

For the bird's feather care, it is important to always provide access to clean bathing water. For domestic birds, you can possibly replace the bath with atomized water from a flower pollinator. In that case, the water must be tempered. Although amazon parrots can withstand temperatures of up to several degrees below zero when they are acclimatised, they must always have access to a frost-free room. It is also a good idea to provide the interior with a skylight so that they get natural light. Ideally, the birds should have 10-12 hours of light per day. Cleaning is an important thing and must be done as needed, be it perches and nets as well as water and feed bowls, which must always be clean due to the risk of diseases.

6. Stimulation and need for exercise

Parrots must always have access to branches and twigs that they can gnaw on and peel off. There are also several types of rope that can be used in the absence of branches, however, one must be very careful here when the ropes become worn, as the birds can easily get stuck in the threads and thereby injure themselves. You can also use some thick branches or trunks, in which you drill holes and hide some treats, which the birds then have to work to get hold of. It is also important that you activate your bird daily, either with table toys or other toys , which it has in its cage. And daily flights outside the cage should be a matter of course if the bird(s) are not kept in aviaries.

7. Feeding

Their natural food in the wild is nuts, various fruits, berries and shoots. Occasionally they also take insects, which is especially seen during the breeding season, when they need more protein. In captivity, the birds must be fed bird food, not human food. Thus, chocolate is banned. The basic feed is a good Amazon mixture without too many sunflower seeds, which quickly make the birds fat. In addition, feed plenty of fruit, but not avocados, as these are poisonous to the birds. As supplemental feed, you can go out in nature and pick rosehips, rowanberries, dandelions, Stolhenrik, rye grass, shepherd's bag and bird grass, etc. However, it is important to be aware of where it is collected, so that it does not happen in places where there is pollution from cars or pesticides. Live feed is typically given during the breeding season and can be, for example, 6-10 mealworms. Vitamins can be given in the water, or they can be bought in powder form together with minerals, which are then sprinkled over the fruit with approx. a pinch per bird a few times a week. You can also buy pellets and mix approx. 25% in your amazon mix

8. Social needs

Amazon parrots are social birds and do best with conspecifics. Then they have each other when you are not there or have time.

9. Propagation and brood care

In the case of pairing, the best thing to do is to buy a pair of unrelated chicks, which can then grow up together, or let them pair off in a pack and then isolate the pairs at the start of the breeding season. Leading up to the breeding season in the spring, it is a good idea to give the birds extra vitamin E. It increases the likelihood of fertilization. It is also a good idea to give egg food, which can be bought at your pet store. Or you can make it yourself from fresh chicken eggs, which must be hard-boiled; the blender you saw and mix it with breadcrumbs. Here, too, you can mix in vitamins and minerals. It is important when mixing with the grater that it does not become lumpy and sticky. So that when you take it out of the blender and let it run through your hands, it must not stick to your hands. Remember that homemade egg food must be changed every day, as it can easily spoil. In the wild, the parrots breed in hollow tree trunks, which they gnaw on themselves, so the targets can vary quite a bit. But in captivity they typically breed in nest boxes with dimensions H60 x D30 x W30 cm and an entrance hole with a diameter of approx. 12 cm. It would also be an advantage if the nest box hangs so that it can be checked from the outside. Then you don't have to disturb the birds unnecessarily. As nesting material, you can use planing shavings of non-pressure-impregnated wood. The shavings are placed in a thick layer at the bottom of the box so that the birds themselves can make a suitable hole for the eggs. Amazon parrots usually lay 2-5 eggs, which are incubated for 28 days. The chicks are independent after 90-100 days, but can easily stay with the parent birds for a good while longer.

10. Typical signs of illness and reduced well-being

A healthy bird is active and responds immediately to sounds. It has clear eyes and clean plumage. Conversely, a sick bird will typically sit and hang, put its head back on its neck and inflate its plumage. It may also have discharge from the nostrils, or the nostrils may be blocked, and the feathers around the mouth may be dirty. Diseases are largely prevented by good hygiene, a healthy diet and daily challenges in the form of branches, toys, flights and the like. But should the accident happen, seek advice from the vet. Sick birds must be able to be isolated so that they are not stressed by any other birds, and the sick cage is equipped with a heat lamp so that the bird can stay warm. But always make sure that your bird can also get away from the heat if it needs to.

Other informations

There are no rules that Amazon parrots must be ringed with a year ring. But it is a good thing to do if you have young, so that you can always see how old the bird is, and that these are farmed birds and not wild-caught. Installation of retaining rings typically takes place at the time when the children open their eyes for the first time.

This care guide has been drawn up on the basis of information from the National Association of Danish Bird Associations ( ) with support from the Dyrewelfærdspuljen.

The care instructions contain general information about the care of an animal species/animal group. Further information can be found in the library or on the above and other websites.

The professional content of the care guide has been approved by the Council regarding the keeping of special animals on 14.5.2013 in accordance with the executive order on commercial trade in animals.

Yours sincerely

2 thoughts on “Care instructions for Amazon parrots


Hej Dorthe,

Først er jeg ked af, at høre din mand er gået bort og håber dit savn hurtigt går over og du derfor kan kigge tilbage på den tid i har haft sammen og nyde disse minder.

Til dit spørgsmål omkring din amazone papegøje, så vil de i naturen blive helt op til 60år men en amazone papegøje i fangeskab, bliver normalt ca. 30 år men gerne lidt mere, med masser af motion og sund kost… så hun er fortsat ung :-)

I naturen lægger de normalt æg vinter/tidligt forår – man mener det måske har noget, med den type foder de har mulighed for i den periode, men sidst jeg læste op på det, var de ikke 100% sikre på hvorfor, men det lyder som en meget logisk grund.

Men lys, foder og at de trives betyder også rigtig meget, vi har hørt fra flere avler, at selvom man har et kæmpe voliere, så er det ikke det samme som de vil avle, hvis ikke de trives i deres omgivelser.

Så mit bedste bud er, den har det godt og trives.

Hvis du vil gå mere i dybden omkring dette, så ville jeg melde mig ind i hos eller finde en af de mange grupper på Facebook og høre om “hjælp” her også. Der er rigtig mange som er meget villige til, at komme med feedback på disse emner, da det er noget de går rigtig meget op i :-)


August 28, 2021 at 09:28am

Hej, har en amazon på ca 17år som er begyndt at lægge æg,vi fik hende for ca 4år siden og fik at vide det var en han,min mand døde for 7mdr siden og hans død har den lagt æg to gange,så mit spørgsmål er hvorfor nnu hvor den er så gammel m.v.h Dorthe

August 28, 2021 at 09:10am

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