Macaw As A Pet Bird

Macaw As A Pet Bird

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Macaws are king-sized members of the parrot family and have typical parrot features. Their large, strong, curved beaks are designed to crush nuts and seeds. Their strong, agile toes are used like hands to grasp things. Loud, screeching and squawking voices help make their presence known in dense rain forests. They are also famous for their bright colors, which seem bold and conspicuous to us but actually blend in well with the green leaves, red and yellow fruits, and bluish shadows of the forest homes.

Macaws are intelligent, social creatures that can be taught to talk! Other features are like: 

1. All species of macaws have very powerful, large beaks and large macaws are capable of destroying household furnishings and can potentially cause considerable harm to both children and adults.

2. They love exercise and playtime.

3.They can perform tricks if trained properly.


Ranges from 30-50 years and over. Mini macaws have a life span at the lower end of this range, while a healthy large macaw can be expected to live 50 years or more with good nutrition and care.


The larger species range from about 20 inches up to 42 inches, including the long tail. Mini macaws are more manageable at 10-20 inches in length.

Care and Feeding:

A macaw needs a cage tall enough to prevent its tail feathers from hitting the cage bottom, which can cause the tail feathers to bend or break. Overall, a macaw needs a much larger cage and play stand than other parrot species, so a potential owner should take space considerations into account.

In their natural habitat, macaws feed on native seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, palm nuts, figs, nectar and, in some regions, clay from exposed river banks. The dietary needs of some macaw species differs from that of other parrots in that they need generally more fat in their diet. The wild macaw’s diet tends to be high in fat, which is acceptable for a bird that spends its day flying through the rain forest, finding food, nesting, and rearing chicks. Companion macaws tend to have a much easier life than their wild counterparts, but they miss out on the ability to forage for their food, a behavior that comes naturally.

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