ORANGE-WINGED AMAZONAmazona amazonica
» A medium sized, stocky Amazon at about 13"» Native to forested areas of Colombia, Central Brazil, and Peru. A sub-species A.amazonica tobagensis is native to Trinidad and Tobago.» Even though it is captured for the pet trace, hunted for food, and persecuted as an agricultural pest, it is considered to be stable at this time.Wild-caught birds didn’t seem to adjust as well to captivity as some of the other imported Amazons and looked scruffy from the bad diet fed in quarantine stations. One of the first parrots I ever met was a wild-caught, semi-tame, cage bound Orange-wing. He was not in very good condition and I was not too impressed with his appearance. When I met the first hand-fed youngster, I was amazed at how stunning he was. When these Amazons are on a nutritious diet they shimmer.
Orange-wings can have a delightful, out-going personality with medium excitability. As with most Amazons, their body language is readable to predict pre-aggression signals. Orange-wings form a ruff with the feathers on the back of their head when they are curious or excited. These Amazons can be a bit noisy but guidelines can be established for a quieter companion. I have worked with quite a few of these Amazons over the years and they are one of my favorite. Unfortunately, Orange-wings are not as common as most other Amazons and seem to becoming even less common. Yet they have many of the traits of the more popular Amazons with a few added advantages. They can be excellent talkers if the people in their lives take the time to teach them words and phrases in a social context. As far as flashy is concerned, they rank right up there with the Blue-fronts and Yellow-heads. In fact, because of the blue and yellow-orange color on its head, novices often confuse the Orange-winged with the Blue-fronted Amazon. To their advantage, the Orange-winged Amazon can be a bit mellower and very loving. One of the first parrots I ever worked with was a wild-caught semi-tame cage-bound Orange-wing. Common early imports did not usually seem to adjust as well to captivity as other imported birds and often looked scruffy when they were on bad diets. When I saw my first domestically-raised Orange-winged, I was surprised that it was the same species. On a good diet Orange-wings have gorgeous feathering. These medium sized Amazons can have delightful outgoing personalities and many are decent talkers. Compared to some of the other Amazons of comparable size, these birds seem to exhibit less excitability and their body language certainly provides predictable pre-aggression signals. They can raise the feathers on the back of their napes at will forming a distinct ruff. Orange-wings can be somewhat noisy but guidelines can be established to create a far quieter companion. Like most Amazons, the Orange-winged really likes to be a part of their human flock and will not react well to living in a bird room where they can’t share in the daily interactions of the people in their lives. They like handling, but they thrive on being around people so they can see what they are doing. They are highly food-motivated and don’t like it when people eat in front of them without sharing. However, human junk food will make them a porcine Psittacine so if you are eating potato chips, it is good idea to having a more parrot healthy treat available. One Orange-winged Amazon that I worked with screamed bloody murder when his family was eating and he was in his cage. All they had to do to stop the noise was put him on a T-stand near the table and give him some nutritious food when they ate, and the only noises he made were the pleasure noises of a happy Amazon enjoying a meal.