Mealy Amazons are affectionate birds that bond strongly with their pet bird owners. They are often referred to as the “gentle giants” of the Amazon species, as they have a reputation of having less aggressive tendencies. They are excellent talkers with vocalizations that vary among individual parrots — some among this species are quiet, while others can be heard from far away. Mealy Amazons are easy to tame and respond very well to behavior training. Mealy Amazons can get along well with other species and don’t necessarily have to be a one-person pert bird.
Amazon parrots, including the mealy Amazon, go through a hormonal phase between 5 and 12 years of age. During this time, there might be one to two years in which they are likely to be very aggressive. After this phase, a mealy Amazon will often settle down again with no aggressive behavior (other than during breeding season). Mealy Amazons are chewers that need plenty of healthy, safe pet bird toys and materials in order to avoid any destruction in the house. Because they have a tendency toward obesity, they should be given plenty of space in which to exercise, and owners should be watchful of their diets. Amazons are known to be somewhat clumsy and tend to fall easily.
“These giants of the Amazon family of parrots are a little more laid back than [the Amazons] in the Ocracephalafamily. Their calls and vocalizations can be quite loud.”
Gregory Rich, DVM, West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic, Metairie, La