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neonatal handling of amazon parrots alters the stress response and immune function.the influence of neonatal handling on behavior and immune function was assessed in orange-winged amazon parrots (amazona amazonica). chicks (n=11) were gently handled daily from 25 days of age until 38 days post-fledging, while control chicks (n=9) were not handled. at 10 days post-fledging ( approximately 66 days of age), chicks were given tests to evaluate tameness (e.g., willingness to perch on an offered finger). they were then restrained for 10 min, either by being held while perching (hand ...200010700631
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