The Yellow Nape Amazon may be the best talking parrot of all the
Amazon Parrots. This extraordinary bird is larger than many
Amazons and can reach lengths of 15 inches. They have always
been highly prized because of its talented ability to mimic.
Although you may have heard about the Mynah and the African
Grey’s ability to speak, there is a difference, only certain
species of Mynah learn to speak well, and unfortunately not
every African Grey learns to talk.
Yellow-Napes, on the other hand
all learn to speak; some better than others but none are total
disappointments. Many are capable of vast vocabularies that are
accompanied by whistles, songs, and unique posturing. Many
journals list the Yellow-Nape as the best and most prolific
talker of all the Amazons; I would have to concur.
Yellow-Napes are personality
packed dynamos, socially out-going and natural clowns. Some
think they have the most well defined personalities of all the
Amazons and display the most complex body language. I think they
are simply smart enough to figure out that being silly gets
attention. Their personalities will vary somewhat from bird to
bird. They may require a little more training than other
parrots, but for many it is well worth the effort. Make sure you
have plenty of challenging toys and a play-gym for this
One of my Napes surprisingly
remarked, “Oh my god” when he saw a catcher net! He consistently
talks to strangers as well as he does to me and seems to
thoroughly enjoy an audience. He never fails to say a happy “Hi”
when someone new comes to visit. The Nape is a quick learner and
only needs to hear some things once or twice to pick it up if it
likes the word or phrase.
The Yellow-Nape is an excellent
choice for a family situation with owners that have previous
experience with parrots.