There are many Amazon species to choose from. Instead of going through each species, some general characteristics of Amazons and Amazon behavior will be given here.
Amazons are often referred to as green parrots. The body color of most is green, varying from darkest shades in some species to an almost yellowish green in others. Intricate patterns of all spectrums of the rainbow identify the different species. These distinguishing splashes of color are carried mostly on the head, breast, wing-coverts and flight feathers.
Some flocks of Amazon parrots have extensive feeding areas and can almost be considered nomadic, others are confined to relatively small islands.
Amazons are generally good talkers with some species being better at talking than others. They are generally known for their speech clarity. Besides talking, their vocalizations can include screaming which can be quite loud.
Amazons tend to be one person birds, so, it is best that you socialize your Amazon as best as possible. Amazons are known for their unpredictability and occasional aggression and hormonal behavior. As an Amazon owner, you must carefully read your bird’s behavior (eye pinning, tail flaring, feather fluffing, flapping wings, etc). Doing so can prevent one from being bitten.
When considering a baby Amazon’s development into a mature adult one has to take into account the various developmental stages of the Amazon. They undergo a teething stage (they nip without warning) six months after weaning. What you must keep in mind here is this: each time the bird nips respond in the same way each time. Amazons become nippy again when they become sexually mature (usually five to twelve years old). Male aestiva, auropalliata, and oratrix become extremely aggressive and difficult to handle when the breading season approaches.