(Amazon ochrocephala panamensis)
Of all Amazon Parrots, the Panama Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala
panamensis) is one of the best talking parrots. This psittincine
is also a rare parrot because it was imported in small numbers.
Additionally, Panama outlawed exportation in 1975. Because of
this, the entire breeding population in the USA is from stock
prior to that time. While their habitat is shrinking, they still
have a viable breeding population in the wild. Consider yourself
very lucky to own one as a pet.
I have been unable to find a
great deal of information on the Panama Amazon. What I have been
able to find, as well as my own experience with this species,
has made this my personal favorite parrot. The pet quality of
this bird is hard to equal in my opinion. They are listed as
excellent talkers in many journals and said to be equal in
talking ability to the Yellow-Napes. They do not semm to have
the testy streak that can sometimes be present in other Amazons.
My experience has confirmed the notion that their temperament is
very loving, caring, and consistent from bird to bird.
My Panama breeders all talk and
have picked up multi-word phrases after just a couple of
examples. These are very sweet and intelligent birds. One female
tells me, "I love you" in what seems to be a child's voice. She
then turns around and begs with, "Help, let me out!" in an older
woman's voice. I tell her she's a good bird and she usually
starts to sing a song! This is the only parrot, other than the
African Grey; I have personally witnessed to talk in a very
They are curious but not to the
point of being obnoxious. I have never heard the Panama scream
and would not describe them as a noisy bird. They are however
open to performing for many different people and seem to readily
enjoy the company of other people as much as their owner. They
are lower maintenance than many other species and make great
family pets for all members.