This is Lorenza, my Yellow-naped Amazon.
I adopted her in the fall of 2018 – we had never had such a big parrot, so we didn’t know what to expect with her behavior. She never stretched her wings and other than grousing, she never made “Amazon” sounds. Still, her poops, by our accounts from searching online, were off – her urine was colored. In the month we had her, she seemed to be less lethargic and her plumage started looking better. We weren’t able to weigh her initially, which we like to do with new birds, because we weren’t comfortable enough to try to get her on the scale. So, we weren’t sure, but felt she looked thinner.
A month later we took her to the vet – where she was diagnosed with FLD (Fatty Liver Disease). The vet prescribed milk thistle and a calcium suppliment (because FLD often causes a lack of calcium).
I suspect that Lorenza did lose weight her first moth because I gave her a seed-free diet, which was probably a drastic change for her body. I’ve learned since that parrots are supposed to be weened off a seed diet so that you give them less seeds every day and slowly transition them. Lorenza wanted to be with me. Amazon parrots are often one-person birds, meaning that they choose the person they bond to; everyone else is ignored or sometimes attacked! She wanted to be with me, so I think her will got her through this period – which included adjusting to a new home and adjusting to a new pellet-based diet.In the video you can see that Lorenza is acting more like a normal parrot. She’s walking around, chewing on a cat scratcher and looking to see what other trouble she can create!
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