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Bill - 2013-05-29
I have two Severe Macaws, a male and a female. They each have their own cage and seem to enjoy each others company, but don't like to get too close to each other. I have found that Severe's tend to be very much a one person bird. Both of mine are rescues, perhaps that has something to do with it. Both are very loving and need a lot of individual attention. I have found with my birds as well as with Severes that friends of mine have, that their tend to have a bit of a challenging personality. I definitely would not recommend this breed for a new or novice bird owner- they, like the Scarlet Macaw, tend to be nippy and need someone with a strong hand at training and someone who is a leader and not intimidated by the bird. If this happens you will quickly lose control. I love both of mine and would adopt another in a heartbeat, but you need to really be in tune with this bird's personality or you will have a really difficult bird on your hand. I also have Scarlet macaw, who I know can be challenging also, but if you are in tune with your birds behavior and needs, whether a Severe or Scarlet- they can really be sweet and lovable and a great addition to your family.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    Great information and advice Bill. I had a breeding pair for many years, and loved hand raising their babies. But you are so right about their personality, I couldn't have described them better myself. Definitely not for a novice or someone who isn't intent on learning to keep and care for this bird for many years. Their one-person attachment behavior, makes it so that this is not a 'pass-around' animal. It needs a solid, devoted and loving keeper willing to house it for its lifetime.
  • eddie - 2013-08-08
    Severe mccaws are amazing , mine shows so much personality. It seems to be obsessed with me, it's funny but I wouldn't take the world in place of it, lol. :)
  • Brenda Stueve - 2013-12-16
    Just lost my severe macaw and I had him almost 40 years. Don't know how old he was when my parent's got him but I'm guessing at least 10. The bird took to me and came to live with me when parent's died. Squawky but loving. Loved sitting on my shoulder when taking dog for walk and quite affectionate. Also, a jealous bird, and would let me know when I was neglecting him. Ouch! Going to miss my challenging Peppino.
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Cindy Sue Wade - 2013-12-14
I just picked up a four year old green-winged macaw and had no idea she was so big, however size does not matter. I am trying to tame her for my cousins mom's cousin because she is too frail to work with Bobo and I was wondering how I can go about training and taming her? She does not step up or any thing. I have had experience will all kinds of exotic birds but this will be my first time working with a slightly trained green winged macaw. I have had experience with a blue and gold and let me tell you this green winged macaw is bigger than my blue and gold macaw that we had gotten from a bird show. Bobo does talk but not much , however I would love to teach her to step up and how to be tame, I do know I have my hands full with this wonderful bird but I am willing and up to a challenge, so if any one can help please do. She is so sweet and I do not want her to start plucking feathers or anything destructive for lack of attention. She is only four and needs a lot of  time and work.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-14
    I'm so glad you have this wonderful bird. You have a window of opportunity with this new green-winged macaw. The first 30 days or so, when a bird is introduced to a new environment, they are not sure what to do pr expect. That's the average adaptation time for parrots, so use it wisely. Establish the relationship to be one of honor, respect, and love and begin to train. It will take time to teach her to step-up or anything else,  maybe months, but offer treats and praise as the norm. You sound like you're well versed in working with birds, so I trust you will do well. Green-winged's are very smart, but they do have a great memory. As she becomes established you will probably see her start to try things that she learned in previous homes, but start with your training right away, and give no credence to any behaviors that are unexceptable. Stick to your training and she will begin to respond. Good luck to you both, what an exciting adventure and friendship you are embarking on!
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Anonymous - 2005-07-29
I'm not sure how keen I'd be to advocate giving alcohol to any bird. It is a poison (which is why it intoxicates us) and birds do not have a very good system for metabolising poisons. I have a white-capped Pionus named Peanut, he is three years old. I have had him since he was very young, bought him from a pet store. He has never had any kind of alcohol, I know for a fact that the kids working in the pet store I bought him from used to feed him potato chips, McDonald's fries, and other high-salt snacks (which aren't good for birds, either) and he talks perfectly fine. It has a lot less to do with what they eat and more to do with how much interaction they have with their people. Of course, wild Pionus are notorious for destroying corn crops in South and Central America and are considered a pest for doing so. However, wild species only eat corn while it is in season, and the importance of a varied diet cannot be stressed enough. However, every time I have ever offered my pionus corn (raw, cooked, mashed, hidden in other foods) he has refused to eat it. Melons, hard boiled eggs, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower are favorites, however.

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  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for your comments. I was wondering about the alcohol too and questioned whether or not it has anything to do with talking. We have a nine-year-old that has been extremely healthy and content. He gets a varied diet too but does love corn, carrots, soy beans, brocolli, apples, water melon, grapes but only likes them fresh - no dried stuff. I've tried boiled eggs but no luck. In the years I've had him though, I've discovered that it takes a very long time for him to accept something new - toys included. He is just now playing with a toy I hung in his cage 10 months ago.
  • Hanna J - 2011-07-09
    I know these are really old posts, so forgive the "lateness" of this. But I have to say that my male white-capped just turned 18 years old last month. Bought from breeder at age 3 months and has been through so much with me, I feel like he is my child. He eats whatever I eat and always has fresh seed mix. But he is fed "human meals" everyday and gets extra veggies and fruit. Never feed them avocado or chocolate or raw onions (although he has eaten raw onions and really doesn't prefer them) His favorite foods are tortilla chips and salad w/dressing. I have also given him sips of my margaritas, although I think its because of the salt. Maybe I have been lucky with him. He has never had to see a vet and never been ill and I have many other pets that don't mess with him. Everything in moderation, although I would NEVER give him alcohol on a regular basis. Their livers don't metabolize things like us, especially for such a little guy like mine. I wish I knew how long they really live. He has been sleeping a lot more lately but always eats and is out of his cage. Can anyone really tell me the lifespan of these little guys. I can't imagine him part of my life after 18 years.....
  • David Brough - 2011-07-10
    The average lifespan is 22-25 years but some have been known to live up to 40 years!
  • junaid - 2013-12-12
    Hi, it's my first time with birds but I guess I'm following the right path. I have a white crowned pionus which is 7 weeks going on to 8 weeks I'm understanding him/she very well an his/she loving an getting used to my gf an I I'm looking for some friend who have these birds to learn a bit more about these beautiful creatures. They are very intelligent birds an learn very quick for being the age his already eating fruits an seeds slowly but growing rapidly. Any comments please email j.cass786@gmail.com
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BARBARA NEFF - 2012-12-31
My conure and love bird regurgitate on things,what is that and why do they do it?

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  • Melissa - 2013-03-09
    Birds do that to show 'affection' towards one another or even certain people.
  • valerie - 2013-12-11
    my conure does the. same thing. he really must love you. he is feeding you. you must be his mate! you ate so lucky! good luck!
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Mel - 2013-12-10
My female sacred (white) dove laid 2 eggs within the past two days. I was so excited until this evening when I seen that one had fallen to the bottom of the cage and shattered open. I am devastated because I don't know how this could have happened. Can anyone tell me if momma will lay another egg to replace this one that fell so she will still have two to sit on? I have 3 doves in this cage. Two sacred white doves (male and female) and a male ring neck who is the baby daddy cause he is the attentive one to the momma. Is it possible that the other male sacred dove kicked the egg from the nest when momma was taking a break sitting on the egg to stretch her wings?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-11
    It's hard to say what happened to that egg, you would have to observe the birds to actually know. Still, doves can be aggressive during breeding season, as well as somewhat territorial, so it's best to have just a pair in the cage.
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Animal-World info on Goffin Cockatoo
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Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
I found a Goffin's Cockatoo. Her price tag is $1,000.00 . Is that a reasonable price to expect to.pay for a Goffin's?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    When I had my exotic pet store, I sold Goffin Cockatoos for about $600 - $700, but that was 10 years ago. Today I see them for sale anywhere between $850 - $975, so it may be about right in the current market. It seems like everything's gone up about 30% in the last couple of years, so I guess that goes for birds too.
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Zah Hosein - 2013-12-09
At what age should a double yellow amazon be ok to mate? I have a 3 yr old and he is showing signs.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Breeding age for Amazon parrots is approximately 3-5 years old.
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Anonymous - 2012-08-10
How old are Glouster Canaries when they grow their mop? I keep looking at my 2yr old, thinking it's top feathers are growing, but it could be my imagination.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    They acieve their mop when they achieve sexual maturity.  However, it is the Gloster Corona that achieves the crest (mop).  The gloster does not.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-09
    My friend this is developed at a very young age , when the chicks are in the nest you will be able to tell the difference between the Corona chicks and the consort. The consort has the plain head. Hope this helps you. Kind regards, Andrew.
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Haldun Tarim - 2012-10-03
Dear Friends, I am looking for Red Factor Canary, Gloster or Yorkshire canary breeders in the Nederlands, Germany or in Belgium. I would bevery happy is someone advise me some breeders information....

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  • L K - 2013-01-17
    I think a mistake is in breeding two consorts instead of one consort and one corona.
  • ardhee - 2013-09-23
    For LK : You have to be more patient in raising walnuts, because I often run into things like that. I think you should find out why your canary chicks can die? What cage or because of its nutritional? Possible because of your bird cage hygiene, but if you ask me, you should adjust your walnuts parent nutrition in order to be ready for breeding... sorry I only give what I learned from my experience
  • Andrew Holloran - 2013-12-09
    Dear Breeders, having bred the Gloster canary for 25years and exhibiting as a champion breeder would like to answer some of your questions, i.e. in the case of the death of the chicks, breeding consort to consort would not have caused this in any way, there are many reasons why the chicks died always check for red mite, always clean green foods, i have had many chicks die over the years and never come to the cause, get to know your good feeders then you could possibly foster chicks out,. i once had a corona cock bird that would feed any chick that called for food. spend time in your birdroom and get to know the better mothers etc., i also used a radio that was left on all day this gets the young female birds used to noise and can prevent them from sitting tight, Having made the move to Germany i also need to purchase some stock may i suggest looking for local bird shows or even going to the N,E,C in Birmingham they have a really good sales class of all types of cage and aviary birds, if i can be of any further help just send me a email, Kind regards Andrew
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Abdul Nafi - 2011-12-18
Hello sir, I am looking for all kinds of canary ...... I can buy over 500 birds .. so please if you have some or you know who has let me know soon, thanks.


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  • Mohammad - 2012-03-18
    Are you still willing to buy canaries if yes contact me mdays76@hotmail.com
  • Marc - 2013-12-08
    I'm from Holland and do bird(songbirds) exports
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