Have you ever seen one of those talent shows on TV that showcases animals with extraordinary abilities? If you have, you are already familiar with the amazing talking and singing abilities of the amazon parrot.The budgie might hold the record for the largest vocabulary (yes, you read that right!), and the African grey might have the most developed usage of language, but the amazing amazon holds the title for speech clarity! You will never hear: “What did your bird say?” when an amazon enters the spotlight – it is always as clear as human speech – and they are better singers than many human vocalists out there with platinum records. They never fail to entertain.
However, the amazon parrot requires specific care in order to thrive in captivity. A common mistake that amazon owners make is in underestimating the intelligence of their bird. Science has recently put parrot intelligence in line with that of the small primates – that means that the only animals they consider smarter are dolphins, great apes – and humans.Think about that for a moment… Consider what it would be like to be that intelligent being, locked in a cage, with no means to make use of that brain power. It would be frustrating, boring… and depressing.
Wild parrots spend most of their time problem solving: For example, finding ample and adequate food sources, attracting the perfect mate, how to turn that old tree trunk into a suitable nest for future young. As you can imagine, in the wild, things do not always go as planned: storms, droughts, and deforestation all stand in the way of the perfect hearth and home for wild parrots, bringing the need for creative solutions to problems.
If you are doing things properly with your bird, you are providing lots of toys for entertainment and foraging opportunities to satisfy their instinct to search for food. If you are doing this, hats off to you for providing as natural a life as you can for a bird in captivity. But we can’t stop there.
We can do better…
They have amazing mental capabilities that go untapped in captivity. They need and want daily mental stimulation. We, at BirdTricks recommend training to fill the void.We understand that you may not be interested in training your birds. You may not care if your bird can perform the perfect wave or spin. You may be satisfied with the relationship you share with your bird status quo. But is your amazon satisfied? Can it possibly live a fulfilling life presented with the same things day after day? Probably not. Training opens the doors to a world of learning for your bird. It is much less about WHAT you are training your bird to do than that you ARE training.
Your bird will get to use its natural ability to problem solve while trying to determine what needs to come next to earn that treat. Every training experience is a little different from the day before and new opportunities for learning and growing are constantly presented.
And guess what?? While your bird is learning about all the new possibilities in life – you will be learning about your bird! You will have as many AHA! moments as your amazon when you realize the amazing things it is capable of.
Don’t underestimate your bird!