Oh man! I have ALWAYS wanted a flying squirell, you have no idea how jealous I am. I honestly didnt think people bred them, I thought the only ones there are, were wild ones.
Now that I know you can own and buy them, I will have to look into it.
I would complement you on your parrot, but I am deathly afraid of birds.
There are a select few breeders in the country that ship, but there are local breeders. Im a member of the nfsa so that is a good connection if youre looking to buy one. They should not be taken from the wild. The waiting list will be a good year or two from what i remember because they only have about 4 babies at most I believe.
No worries about the parrot lol birds can do some serious damage, so its not like its an unecessary fear. Haha
I'm a lil iffy about Amazons lately.. lol
We have one named Sinbad where I work and the bird HATES I MEAN HATES my guts...
He was out of his cage on someones shoulder and I did pass by him a couple of times without any incidents.. well.. I went across the room to clean a cage and had my back turned... well next thing I know something drops me to the ground and is on my back laughing and attacking!
Got a nice gash under my lip that thankful didnt need stitches because of where it was and how clean the "edges" of the wound were.. but I did have to get a tetanus shot.
I refuse to work with him anymore..
Ouch im sooooo sorry to hear about your bad experience. :( this should never have been allowed to happen to you or the bird. Glad youre ok now. Not all yna are like that, but it sounds like sinbad was doing what he was allowed to do (be dominant and uncontrolled like an aggressive dog allowed to be off leash). I hope I can type this without sounding like a jerk. But He should have had his wings clipped and not be allowed to be higher than a humans eye level at any time, and not be allowed on shoulders (they see height as dominance). Had these precautions been followed you would not have gotten hurt (since you know he hates you proper precautions should have been taken by your place of work to protect the bird and you). Also...if you were near his cage....he was protecting his house. More reason to clip his wings. Safety for both of you :) the people holding him are lucky they were not bitten too as sometimes parrots do a behavior called "displaced anger" where he takes his agression out on them because he cant get to you. A "surrogate enemy toy" and perches that arent your hand along with a wing clip would benefit everyone.
Most yellow nape amazons are one person birds and get very hormonal. Boomer loves me, but will try to tear up anyone else that goes near him. I can pet him and do whatever. He chose me (I rescued him from an owner who nearly killed him with negligence because he didnt like her and she didnt know parrot behavior).
How old is this bird? If he is 8 or younger he will be at his most aggressive (puberty) Although my Amazon is a cuddle bug, i would never ever allow him on my shoulder for dominance reasons and he is still a wild animal. They give plenty of warning before they bite, but its hard to read when its on your shoulder (or in your case, when you need to turn your back which you should be allowed to do safely).
I know you didnt ask for this info and I hope it doesnt sound like a lecture to you. Im just sad that you got hurt and that this bird isnt under control or having his behavior addressed by your boss/work. If you have to work with him again and you ever see an amazons tail flare...and his eyes go from big to small pupils...stay away. It can mean excitement or anger....both can result in a bite depending on other body language and the bird.