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Stacy - 2007-12-01
I have had my Catalina Macaw for over 5 years now! Prior to, he was my brother-in-law's bird. He's in his "terrible teens", lol. He loves to go for car rides (van only...hates the mustang). There is about a 15 minute window before he begins regurgitating (he really loves me)! I've read and heard their vocubulary is approx. 15 to 25 words. Well...be informed, this is an extremely conservative estimate.
My "Buddy" (Budweiser)has a vocabulary in excess of 50 words and min. 20 full phrases/sentences, that are most of the time-used in context with full appropriate expression. And that's only what I've heard! This is excluding his sound imitations, little dog & big dog barks, eeeew, kissing, coughing, sneezing, opera singing (I don't have the heart to tell him he's no "song bird"), whistling, laughing, humming, sighs, Uuuugh-I'm sick sounds, etc. He hasn't met a yellow nape or African Grey yet that he hasn't "put to shame" in a verbal war! He was raised with another Macaw and a Nape and I wonder how much influence that had on his verbal skills? To this day, I'm amazed at what comes out of his mouth. Since new things are always "popping" out of his mouth-that he didn't hear at home! For over a year, at approx. 8pm every night, He'd call out "Boo Bear". I had no idea why until my brother in law was at my house and heard him calling "BooBear". Boo Bear was a dog my brother in laws-father had when Buddy was a baby! His new phrase for this week, "That's enough-You better behave". He's in his rebellious/teenage years and reminds me of this daily with his "whatever, shut up and spoiled brat"! I recently began fostering a handicapped (one leg) female Green Wing, who supposedly only said "I love you" and "Hello"...whether her owner (tsfrd. overseas for military duty) didn't know, or Buddy has had an influence...within the short 3 weeks she's been with us, I have heard her say many of the same phrases and words as him. I'm worried about him being a bad influence on her and the four letter words will start coming out soon. lol My buddy is a spoiled, bratty, narcicist and I wouldn't trade him for the world! When both my cats (a year apart) were losing their battles with cancer, Buddy would go stand next to them and just gaze at them. It was as though he was trying to comfort them in some way. Prior to them getting sick, he never gave a care in the world about those cats. Didn't even acknowledge their existence. After they both passed to kitty heaven, he didn't speak for several days. I think he was grieving or allowing me to do so.
I can't ever imagine beginning my day without hearing, "Goin to work-crappy work-hurry up"...and ending my day with kisses, "I love you-see you in the morning".

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  • Micheal - 2012-01-09
    Woah nelly, how about them appels!
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thomas mc manus - 2011-11-01
Hi could you tell me if hahns macaws roost in the box or is it a sign they are going to go down ?? thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Not sure what you mean by your question. Yes, sometimes a macaw will roost or sleep in their nest box. More the smaller macaws than the larger ones. I don't know what you mean
    'to go down?.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-11-02
    I kept and bred their close relative, the Severe Macaw, for many years. They always roosted in their nest box at night, so I imagine the Hahns may also.

    It's good you're keeping an eye on your Hahns behavior. When I noticed something like a change in roosting habits, I would also keep a close watch for other indications of illness. Check out the list of potential signs in the article above, it can help!
  • andy - 2011-12-15
    I've bred these lovely noisey nosey birds for the past ten years. I couldnt say if they roost in the nest box at night but they were always around the box. the male used to sit on the perch and the female sat on the top. One or the other used to go into the box during the day. Once eggs had been laid the male sat by the entrance to the nest and she sat very well. I've recently lost my male and I'm looking for another must be 5 years old plus. with a dna cert and close rung if you know of anyone will buy of them and let them have 1st baby off the 1st clutch
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Tamera Gibson - 2011-10-10
I have had my Blue and Gold for 3 years now and just recently she is continually trying to "mate" with me - she is constantly "mating" with the bars on the cage putting her privates through the bars and protruding it out. She is also spending a lot of time at the bottom of her cage and she has shredded her liners as if she is nesting. My question is; is this normal and should I encourage it by giving her bedding and nesting materials?

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  • hector - 2012-01-03
    It depends if you want her to breed yes yes this is normal but then she will become very aggressive no matter how calm she is just know all your hard work and training will be lost and very hard to regain and will just be come a cage bird and not a companion. To stop this limit day light in the morning keep her away from dark small boxes to hide and when she seems to try to make get her focus away from breeding if she lays eggs leave them there for about 1-2 months so she sees there not fertile and she stops laying more eggs because if you take them away she will try to breed again and try pre-shredded liner to see if she only wants to play and not make a nest
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Hannah - 2006-12-04
I own a Scarlet Macaw named Sander, a Blue and Gold Macaw named Lucas, and a Hyacinth Macaw named Jackson. Although hyacinths are great birds, they certainly are not easy to care for. He screeches a high-pitched scream to wake me and he demands attention throughout the day. His beak is very strong and he has broken through many locks, cages, and antique furniture (but I'm thankful he's never used this beak strength against me). On the positive side, he is gentle, laid back, and very devoted to his family.
Although he a gorgeous, sweet, and loving macaw, these enormous parrots are not for everyone.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-26
    Hyacinths are known and called the Gentle Giants. I have had several over a whole lot of years and they all got along with everyone. My Hy now somehow talks my conure into loosening the lock on his cage and the conure goes in and sits next to the Hy. I had one Hy that was absolutely terrified of a little white belly caique. Eclectus are way more agressive - just by nature. In the wild the female is so territorial of her nest she will often kill another female. Many males will compete for a female in the wild and she will only choose one. Hyacinths are just not agressive as they have no natural predators. You are getting an older one and his companion has just died. You need to go slow and allow your new friend (Hyacinth) to adjust to you. They are gentle souls and they may look big to us but we are really big to them. Just go slow and they love talking to you, funny things like just going up and down and singing. Mine have all been big nut eaters so I do the nuts plus pellets - best to stay on the diet she is used to for awhile. As far as meeting her several times at her location and then moving her to yours. It doesn't make a difference. She is going to take a few weeks to get used to you and her new location and yes you will need a large cage and a perch. They are loving, like attention, affectionate and gentle souls.
  • Jerry - 2011-12-26
    I may be inheriting a 14 year old female hyacinth. I already own a pair of eclectus parrots who are very good birds and I frequently take my menagerie to schools for outreach presentations. How well does the hyacinth travel (in a car)/sky kennel. How jealous are they of other birds? If selected to inherit her I believe I need to go to where she is and to be there for a couple of days just for her to see me and show me what she thinks of me. Am I wrong for thinking this way? Is it best for older hyacinths to pick out their owners? Her original owner just died and I'm sure she is missing and mournig the loss. Any ideas you have would be well appreciated. PS I habe 2 large cages for my eckies and let them wander back and forth-they are not destructive at this point. But thinking I'll need to get a very heavy duty large cage and then an open hanging branch when the bird is out of the cage.

    Budget per month you estimate spending on your hyacinth is: $

    Thank you!

    Jerry

    http://zoocrewkids.blogspot.com/ is my blog site-I'm retired and just work with animals and kids.
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Stephanie - 2011-02-11
I was wanting to know what a cross between a Catalina and a Blue and gold would be called. And does anyone have pictures? Thanks so much!

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  • LeeAnne - 2011-12-12
    It is called a Catablue Macaw.

    http://www.floridabirdswholesale.com/images/birds/catablu-macaws-lg.jpg

    Here is a link to a picture.
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bill - 2011-12-07
Could I keep a scarlet macaw, a blue and gold macaw, and a toco toucan together in a cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    No - you definitely can not keep the Toca in with the macaws. Yoiu can keep the 2 macaws together but they will propbably pair bond and not be as tame for you as they should be. It is best to let all three have their own safe place and you will also have better pets. Tocos do not bite but they do punch if they get upset. As youngsters they would probably get along and if you cage is 25 X 50 feet - you can have them out together but I would kepp them in their own separate safe places.
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Stefan - 2011-12-07
okay so i just got a red front macaw and its still a baby 3 months old can it take it to friends houses??? 'of course without cats or dogs' but can i or will they freak out? in the pet shop he was very sweet and i know exactly what to feed and play time but can i take to friends house thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-07
    Sure you can take him anyplace you go - well at least any place I can think of. Remember though make sure he doesn't get cold. I would just take him in a large basket for right now with a towel (no snags) on the bottom or the basket. At 3 months it will probably just sit in there. Sounds odd but at just 3 months, I would ask your friends to wash their hands or take some baby wipes with you and hand them one. He is a little young and real doubtful that he would get anything but I was an over protective mom. Red fronts are great companions and the more socialized they are the more places you can take them. They usually love everybody. Enjoy your new one.
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Gina - 2011-11-15
Hi, We were given a green and red macaw and we are trying to get Pepper to stop plucking her feathers. What can we do for our beautiful pet? Thank you Keith & Gina.<><

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    Plucking is probably the worst thing to try and stop - really hard. Things you can try are bathing the bird frequently by spraying it with aloe bird bath or just water. You can try bathing him in the kitchen sink with the sprayer or some even use the shower. Lots of toys and things to chew on. Paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, toys made from a 2 X 4 (untreated). Lots of stimulation and out time. TV cartoons or tapes like Happy Feet, Surfs Up, RIO - believe it or not they do watch. Some try a collar which will prevent the bird from plucking. It works for some and just scares the others. I'd do a collar as a last resort- The more attention, stimulation and activity - the less likely he is to pluck. No ones fault - and it is hard to stop.
  • Annie - 2011-11-29
    I think they usually do that when they are bored. How long have you had her? You have to provide a lot of stimulating toys, safe for parrots, of course. You have to spend a lot of time with them too. We were just practically given a Green Winged named Salsa with an injured foot this past week. She gets bored being in the cage so we let her out and spend time petting her and hand feeding her. Remember in the wild they spend the day looking for food and exploring so they really need to be stimulated. I have only had parakeets and Jenday/Black Capped Conures before so I am kind of new to the Mccaws and learning like you. You might want to join a parrot group online. One group I love is http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/conure-lovers/
    I joined a while ago and I have gained so much knowledge from the members. Much more knowledge then I have. It isn't just for Conures. Anyone who has a love for parrots can join or even if you just want to research owning a bird. I am also looking for a parrot group where I live also to look for more info on vet care, feeding, etc. My vet is good but I am looking for a specialist to look at her foot. She seems to get around fine but want to see what else we can do for her. The foot was broken before and never set so it has healed weird. Just having Salsa for a few days, we can't believe how calm and affectionate she is. She loves to be petted and played with. One thing she loves are the nuts in the shells instead having the nuts served. I hide them around the house and she hunts for them. Kind of messy but worth the effort because it's fun to watch her. She loves to walk on the floor which amazed me.
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david - 2011-11-18
Can they be taught to sit on your shoulder? I ride horses often, so I am also wondering if a typical example of this species would tolerate a horse back ride? Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-19
    I knew a gal who took her Blue Gold horseback riding but I don't remember whether the B/G rode on front of the saddle or on her shoulder. I am not sure I asked. I have seen B/G on the front of motorcycles riding behind a wind visor on a perch behind the handlebars. Mine rode just fine in a parrot car seat perch in the front seat. I would definitely get the B/G used to a parrot harness though. I don't know honestly how I feel about this but the ones I have seen on motorcycles truly seem to love it. Just go slow, be very careful and listen to your little guy.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-19
    Whoops missed the easier question. It is hard to keep a macaw OFF your shoulder. It is their favorite place to sit. Many feel/believe that a parrot should not be allowed to sit on a persons shoulder as possibly would nip the face. I have sat on my humans shoulder for over 27 years and it would never occur to me to nip her in the face. Depends on the training/socialization/personlity of the bird. My humans macaw also rides around on her shoulder and the macaw is a big one.
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laura - 2011-11-04
...any advise for EISA and me? EISA hatched on Christmas Eve 1989 and I bought him from the breeder 3 months later. Very sweet and intelligant bird, buddy until finally got out of L.A. Was always scitzee but not dangerous. Gave kisses, good talker but small vocab. NOW, 3 years after long ,hard move ,but beautiful , larger new cage (he now loves), I can no longer handle him. Still tells me he loves me when he is in a good mood but has severly bitten me now 5 times and he was never a biter. I think he hates me. I weened him! WHAT CAN I DO??? HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED.HEART BROKEN !!!! HELP !!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-05
    Don't give up. Macaws and pretty much all parrots (and humans) go through moods. My friend (a macaw) just had a lousy mood for over 3 months but she is fine now. She went though a bad molt. I doubt you Eisa hates you but possibly just needs some alone time. You should be able to tell her modd by her body language. If that foot comes straight out - as if going to push you - then she doesn't wish to be bothered. If the foot come down then she wants UP. If fluffy and leaning toward you then lovey and if head down wings out - leave alone. Watch your Eisa and you should be able to tell by her body language her mood. She is like a child who is all grown up now and has its own personality. Still loves mom but assertive and independent. They usually revert back to NORMAL so just watch her body language.
  • Liz - 2011-11-07
    I agree with the previous poster, watch for body language. I haven't had this experience yet but I have only had mine for about a year now. My Vet also warned me to watch for behavior like that during mating season.
  • laura - 2011-11-09
    Dear Charlie and Liz, Thank you so very much for your replies. Charlie - The seeds you planted made me really contemplate Eisa's disposition. I have really started changing my tactics and remembering what you said about body language and responses from Eisa. I am so pleased to tell you that in just these few days, I am seeing a change. Eisa is very intelligent, and I know he really wants things to work out again. Thank you so much for your help. I'll let you know how things improve in the future, as I know they will. My best to you both, and your birds. Laura and Eisa.
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