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9 Things You Need to Know About
Macaw Parrots

parrot-admin by Kyle       Last updated April. 4, 2018

Macaw parrots are beautiful and highly sought after. They make amazing pets and are lifelong companions, capabale of filling our filling our lives with entertainment and love.

These colorful birds are intelligent and full of sass. Each one is unique yet they all thrive on love and attention and will fill your life with the same.

Investing your money and time in a macaw will never be a disappointment, however, if you are thinking of purchasing one of these fine birds, there are some things you need to know before you make the commitment.

Here are nine fun facts to keep in mind when trying to decide if a macaw will fit into your family and be the pet you desire.

Please keep in mind that a macaw can live for approximately 50 years and will be a true commitment on your part should you buy one.

1. Behavior


The macaw is large in body and attitude. Everything about them is giant from their beaks to their voices. These raucous animals are loving and playful, they are filled with attitude and are very intelligent.

They have sensitive natures and will bluster about attracting attention. They require playtime and are highly inquisitive. These birds are loving. They make fabulous companions.

They have a mind of their own and will see things their way and not necessarily the way their owner wants. This makes the Macaw a fun and smart challenge.

2. Biting


A macaw will bite and chew on things all around the house. Hide the things that you do not want chewed. They love to chew on wood and their powerful beaks can create a large amount of damage in a short amount of time. They need a large inventory or toys to keep them occupied.

Macaws tend to be aggressive and will attack people especially strangers. Please remember that this is not a warning or an act of aggression from the bird’s stand point. Instead they see it as a way to test humans and then will turn it into a game.

3. Cages


Macaws need large parrot cages. They have long tail feathers and their cages need to be large enough so that their tail feathers do not hit the bottom of the cage and cause tail damage.

Macaws need a much larger play area and cage than other parrot breeds. Play pedestals are wonderful ideas however, watch to be sure your macaw has enough space for his tail feathers. That is why it is so important to choose the right cage for you parrot.

For this reason, it is imperative to take space availability into account before a macaw is purchased or adopted. Does the owner have the room for this beautiful giant?

4. Talkers


The macaw is a talker. They can be trained to speak. It can also be hard to get them to be quiet. They are noisy birds and express a lot through vocal communication.

They have large squawks and squeaks. They screech and whistle. If you are trying to decide if a macaw is right for you consider its large voice and know that you will have a noisy companion.

These lovely birds can be taught to speak and to imitate sounds they hear in their environment. They will learn to bark like your dog or mimic a doorbell.

5. Need for Attention


These beautiful birds need attention and will seek it out. They are enchanting creatures and will entertain you for the attention they seek. Macaws need socialization.

They need interaction. Macaws grow bored quite easily and a bored macaw will begin to chew on things. They are highly intelligent and require attention to keep them happy and healthy.

These gentle pets want interaction. They love to play games. Training is a great interaction time between you and your macaw.

Another wonderful idea is to place their cage in the busiest room of the home where they feel a part of the family and are around people more than if they are placed in a room that hardly gets foot traffic.

6. Food


Macaws love to eat! They love food, and this is a great motivator when you are trying to train them. In nature, the macaw would eat native seeds, flowers, fruits, palm nuts, figs, leaves, nectar and even clay.

The macaw’s diet is quite varied and is much different than other parrot breeds. The main difference is that the Macaw needs more fat in his day to day diet than other parrots require.

Macaws that are pets do not have to forage for their food though this is an instinct within the bird. Foraging comes naturally.

Food such as berry cakes and other foods that need to be torn apart are ideal for the active macaw. Nuts that are in the shell are wonderful as they give the macaw something to do holding their attention as they eat.

7. Regurgitation


Though unpleasant to think about, this needs to be mentioned with the macaw. When your bird is at the age to be sexually active it will begin to regurgitate for its mate.

This behavior is best discouraged but do not punish them for this nasty little act. It is quite normal for them.

Regurgitating can also be a sign of a medical condition that is much like a yeast infection in a human. If you macaw begins regurgitating, it is best to take it to a vet to have them checked out.

8. Physical Attributes


These parrots are the largest breed in the parrot family. There are over 370 different kinds of parrots in our world and the macaw is the largest of them all.

They weigh in between 2-4 pounds, (this is heavy for a bird!) The largest kind of macaw is the Hyacinth Macaw, which can reach 3 ½ feet long from its beak to the tip of its tail feathers. Their wingspan can reach 60 inches!

All macaws are also the most recognizable as their vibrant colors paint a vivid image of a true parrot. Each macaw has a different personality. They each have their own unique likes and dislikes.

Because they are large birds, they can be challenging to care for, but they are well worth the effort it takes as macaws are loyal to their family and will make a wonderful heartwarming pet. Though they live an average of 50 years, some can live as long as 80 years or more

9. Strength


Macaws are not only large, but they are also strong. Some are strong enough to crack coconut shells with their beaks. The macaw beak is massive and possess enormous strength.

Many types of the Macaw have powerful beaks which makes them a force to be reckoned with during periods of aggression.

For this reason, Macaws are not recommended for owners who are not used to keeping large parrots. The gentle macaw is the Hyacinth Macaw.

Despite their strength, the Hyacinth is known to be the “gentle giant” of the macaws. They have sweet and affectionate dispositions and are not aggressive.

Macaws are a delight. Their big personalities and capacity for love makes them a true treasure for years to come.

To raise a macaw is to have a pet that offers a daily challenge and fun entertainment. It is a pet that you can relate to on many different levels and one that will be with you always with total loyalty and dedication.