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Anonymous - 2011-11-29
I just got a red front and he is aggressive. He won't let me hold him and rarely if he gets on me it's only for a few seconds. His cage he seems not to like movement and bite me when i do. He's about 10 years old he seems to like me went right up to me when I seen him for the first time and snuggled me .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    He was wherever and he picked you out for his companion. Then you bring him home and he is out to TRAIN YOU. Let him acclimate to the new home and feed him with your hand various treats - cheerios work good. Let him eat meals with you - give him his own little bowl and let him have dinner (or whatever with you). Try and think of him as a 3 year old child. His cage is his safe spot and they get very territorial about it and that will just take him time to learn that you are not breeching his territory for harm. Go slow and do as much holding as you can for now but learn your birds body language. Amazons are more independent and want attention when they want it. They are not cuddle for the most part but enjoy your company sitting close on their perch etc.
  • londa - 2013-12-22
    sounds like our bird accept we have had him for 8 years he lived with my nephew for his first 2
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londa - 2013-12-22
bird is 10 years old doesn't let anyone handle him {use to} now only when he gets startled and flys off his cage he's really agressive always tries to bite He gets plenty of attention as wehave a busy household we are alwats greeting him but sometimes this bird is just crazy we have always been gentle with bird but don't understand why he's never been very friendly

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    It could be that your home is so busy and full of distraction, that he may not really be to comfortable with any one person.
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Anonymous - 2013-12-20
Hi I live on durban south africa. A pintail arrived in my yard 2 weeks ago and what fun we have watching him... he bomb dives all the birds who come to my bird feeder... haven't seen a female around...

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Megan Donovan - 2013-08-31
PLEASE HELP! We bought our 5 year old male severe named Meeka  from a very good home.  He was rehomed because his owner since birth could not take care of him and give him the proper attention he deserves.  When we got home, the first 3-4 days Meeka was very talkative inside of his cage.  We opened his door and after a while he began coming out onto the door; no further.  His wings are clipped so I have a coffee table right under his door should he decide to come out he would have an easy place to hop onto.  Here's the problem.  It's been a week and a half, he still goes only to his door to sit; then now it's cage only and he pretty much stopped talking and is beginning to squak.  Meeka's door is open all day till we go to bed... He is also beginning to scratch and prune a lot lately.



ANY HELP would be appreciated.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    Maybe he is feeling uncomfortable in his environment? First, since it is still a relatively new home, he may need some time to adjust more. Also make sure he is in an area with no drafts, not very much noise, and consider placing a blanket over his cage at night. That often helps to make birds feel more at home. If you are concerned about sickness, watch for physical signs of an ailment - such as watery eyes, sneezing, ruffled feathers, etc.
  • lois - 2013-12-19
    The coffee table could be freaking him out! Clipped birds can still climb very well, put a perch on his door that he can sit on, the bolt and washer kind. So the perch is in the cage when door closed but outside when door is open. Be patient! Huge adjustment for the boy. It is a big scary world, and he is now taking in all the goings on in that new world! Let him get comfortable. I have been rescuing all kinds of parrots for 30 years, do not rush to make friends, he will let you know when he is ready. Settling in takes time!
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Lilly - 2013-12-18
If you had a cockatoo for about 25 yers are you allowed to put another one in with it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    Cockatoos are very social animals, and if you've had it for 25 years... it probably thinks you are its flock. Adding another bird is fine, but you want to give both birds plenty of time to get used to the new arrangement. It takes time, love, and patience.
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Trish Elliott - 2005-06-03
I live in Milton, Florida and have 3 macaws, a greenwing only about 4 months old that I am hand feeding. I also have an 7 month old blue and gold. We started feeding her also when she was 4 months old. But my favorite is my harlequin, he is and will always be my 1st love. I got him when he was 6 and 1/2 months old..no hand feeding for him. I haven't had any of the birds sexed but just by the behavior I guess the sexes, my b&g acts like a girl..she is sweet and cuddly and dainty, loves being on her back and cuddles with my husband when he comes home from work, My harlequin is a mama's boy and let's everyone know it. The greenwing is so sweet and playful already. I also have adopted a caught in the wild 22 year old blue fronted amazon. My husband is trying to train him in the evenings. But he is the type of bird that is almost a hands off, but with love and patience I think he will come around. We love our birds. They are a constant part of our lives and a definite part of the family.

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  • Hallie - 2013-12-17
    Hello Trish, I live in pensacola and have a big bay green wing that just turned 6 months today. I have had her since she was 4 weeks old. Problem now is she won't stop with the handfeeding. She now gets her handfeeding meal in the mornings and early evenings, but she also eats her regular bowl of food I give her throughout the day. I think she is a female cause of her size. What a sweet wonderful bird I have! I soo love this girl, MANGO. Please give me your advice.
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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.....
  • 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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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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