I have recently adopted a 25 year old yellow crowned (I think) Amazon from a elderly friend of mine. I live with my husband and 3 children and we all adore him - Lamont (my friend does not know if he male or female but decided he is a he and named him lamont....) however had taken for the most part to me - I am guessing because I am the primary care giver and at home with him the most. A positive is he started talking to me the same day he moved in with us and has had no temper tantrums (he did have these with my friend).
He knows 5 or 6 words and some noises like whistling, the telephone and opera singing etc. I would like to teach him more words? Is he too old to teach new words? If not, how do I go about this?
I do let him out of his large, toy/perch filled cage during the day and while we are having dinner. He comes out on his own but I use a perch for him to step up on when I put him back - yes, I am afraid of him biting me as he has bitten someone who he did not like to the point that she probably needed a stitch or two!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This is my first parrot and I am so excited that I want to do everything I can to make him happy and at the same time have the bird that I dream about.