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Sal - 2011-08-12
Hi,

Thanks for the info about Illigers Macaw. I like Illigers, they are great. I have one and I am looking for his female or companion since my other Illiger flew away about a month ago.
Here is my blog about Illigers nutrition and a video. I hope you like it.
http://mactheilliger.blogspot.com/
http://youtu.be/x62hiF0GjiM

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    Thank you
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Cathy - 2011-08-11
Willie is a Hahns macaw I adopted from a shelter about 3 years ago. He is much nippier than my other birds (everything from budgies to a U2), but also probably the most intelligent of the bunch. He definitely has the most personality, which makes me love him in spite of the occasional bite. I think his previous owner was afraid of him and let him get away with too much. I'm working on that. Willie responds to affection and together time much more than to food. He says "Willie" and "Come on" and "What a good boy!" and "Be a good boy" and "Bad boy" and whispers "Go to sleep" when you whisper to him. He also laughs whenever he hears others laugh--even if it's on tv. And he makes the greatest kissing noise, especially when you kiss him on top of his sweet little head. He thinks he's a gangsta bird; he'll say, "Hey, Willie, Willie" in a low growling voice--LOL. He enjoys burrowing inside my shirt and sticking his head out of the collar. Willie is tone deaf when it comes to singing--he'll try to sing along with you, but everything comes out on one note. But he does love to dance, especially to The Killers and (LOL again) the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. He is aggressive towards the other birds, so I need to watch him during outside play time. They've all learned (the hard way) to stay away from him when he comes near. One thing I really like about Willie is that he will travel in the car and visit and seems to enjoy it. When I go to relatives homes, he'll come out of his carrier and sit on my shoulder quietly the whole time. (I give him a sip of water and a snack.) He is really Mr. Personality.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
    I am not sure but I think all Hahns macaws are pips. They have a unique peronality and I truly believe they "KNOW" they are KING and all else are their subjects. I think they love but are definitely on their own terms. You seem to have a great relationship with yours and I am happy for you. I think it takes a special person to understand a Hahns.
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Cecilio Acevedo - 2011-08-10
What is the name of hybrid macaw whos parents are a Green Wing and a Military macaw

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    I have no idea why the link came up Miligold which is the cross between the blue gold and the military. A Calico is the the cross between the military and the greenwing. Here is the link http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/macaws/Calico.php
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Gemma M. - 2011-03-25
Hi! I'm a parrot-loving writer, and I'm thinking about writing a book involving a parrot. Well, I've considered several types, and Severe Macaws are among them. As I've never owned one, I was wondering if somebody who does could tell me a bit about their likes/dislikes, a more in-depth account of their personality, etc. Thanks!

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  • Emerald - 2011-08-07
    You want to write a book about parrots but you never owned one?
    You may wanna consider other options like......did you ever own a cat..? maybe you can venture on that...
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-08
    I would think that writing about a bird (or a story about a bird) would be almost impossible if you haven't had one. If you have then write about the one you know. Birds are as different as humans and all come with very distinct behaviors and personalities. I have had several and sometimes stories about mine. One (Czar) is the Czar of Russia who flies down and see the people are not happy and knows to create a fair realm, he must give them all their own hectares of land and tax only enough to protect the realm and the people rejoice. Another is an agent - yes a spy. He is the man about town - never a clown. He (Seven)is an agent and protects the humans in this world from hate and turmoil. Another (Chariot) can come into the living room at night and he grows large and has a gold chain around his neck. He grows only at night and I can climb on his back and see the world as he sees it. He takes me to wonderous places that no other human has been to. They know their story and listen to it often. It calms them if we have to go to the vet or if they get bossy. The story fits the personality of the bird and the realism of the story is there because the birds behavior is there. You would be giving yourself a task of writing about a child, never having been around one. The humor, comedic, protective, loving, nurturing, bonding aspects that make a personality is not something that is the same for each bird. I had a bird and for whatever reason, he would hang from the lamp on the ceiling by a wing. He looked as if he were dead and then people would see him and think he was dead and be afraid to tell me. When they would get close, he would jump down on their head and then run like crazy. Their personalities are complicated and why totally overwhelms me. They always say that if you are going to write, pick a subject that you are familiar with - your life, your home, your loves, hates etc. You would be trying to pick a subject with their loves, likes and behaviors and that is extremely difficult. Just an opinion and we know all people have one. Just thought I'd tell you mine and it's 2 cents worth.
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MARIE - 2010-12-28
My severe macaw likes to attach and bite down like a pit bull can be very aggressive how can i stop this behavior?

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  • Emerald - 2011-08-07
    Chico is the same personality. He attacks anybody that comes near me. May it be a dog or a 6 ft tall boyfriend. He is unfortunately unfriendly and mean. I tried to train him with CD training aides, with no improvement. Once a week I take him to work with me in the shoe store where he has a big cage nxt at the back. I try to socialize him with other people by having him meet my friends. He just opens his mouth and wants to bite with no hesitation. Birds are unique. They can be as loving and as mean. One said to me...you can teach the bird on what to do, but could never teach the bird what not to do. So true in Chico's case. He has 3 big cages, one outside, one inside the house, and one at my office all 3 are more than 5 feet tall. He has lots of toys and lots of fresh food and fruits, so it could not be that he is unhappy with space and diet. He only loves me, and steps up with me and no one else, I'm okay with that though I hope he is more sociable!
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Kim - 2008-02-15
I have an 11 year old severe, her name is coco. She is very comical. She love kisses from me and only me. If my husband gets too close she yells at him and says get out of here, but he has never done any thing to her. She loves chocolate chip cookies and when she want a cookie she will ask for, and keep repeating, can i have a cookie until you give her one. Then she says thank you. I have always had birds but until i adopted her I did not know the true meaning of bird love. She is my pride and joy. I have 5 other birds; 1 is a blue and gold macaw, 1 is a military macaw, 2 cockatiels, and a senegal parrot. I love them all with all my heart, but coco is the one that holds the key to my heart. I hope everyone can experence having a severe the way I have. Please love your birds unconditionally, the way I do.

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  • Anita - 2010-03-10
    Kim..I love your story and it sounds like my story. I have an adopted now 5 1/2 year old Severe. I love and adore my other birds but my Bella stands out and is my pride and joy. She was raised by a male for 4 years and she loves my husband and daughter but she does hold the key to my heart and "vis-versa". She puts the sunshine in my day. :)
  • Heather - 2011-04-13
    Dear Kim,
    Just to let you know that you should not be feeding your bird chocolate chip cookies as chocolate is very dangerous to birds just like with dogs.
  • Emerald - 2011-08-07
    I owned/own a severe macaw, his name is Chico. He is so smart and he knows what he can get away with. He only eats fresh served food and would refuse to eat anything left over from yesterday, no matter how hungry he is. He is so attached to me. I bought him when he was only 7 months old from a local breeder.
    # months ago from buying him, I lost a severe Macaw ( His name is Charlie) He is one of the greatest blessings we ever had. Charlie unfortunately has a heart condition, he was born with it, he finally rests in peace after weeks and weeks of vet visits and prayers and love and care. We still love him always and he always will have that special place in our hearts that no one can ever replace.
    After his passing, Chico found me while visiting a local breeder. Chico came up to me and climbed right up my shoulder. I had to take him home.
    Chico looks so much like Charlie, same size same Severe Macaw.
    Now I truly believed that Parrot has a special instinct and can feel how we feel. Chico refuses to be Charlie. Or at least fill up the big hole Charlie left in our heart. He may look like Charlie but his personality is completely different, Many times I just can't believe that he is a Macaw or is he even normal. Anything we know of a Macaw through Charlie, Chico is the complete opposite of that. But Parrot love is unconditional love. We learn our lesson to not just love Chico as much as we love Charlie no matter of what personality.
    Chico is 6 years old now. He is so handsome and bright feathers. He has a big cage outside our fenced-in house and at night he sleeps in his big cage inside the house. He loves to take showers when it's sunny outside.
    He is the love of my Love, my baby and no one would ever understand the real Love we shared with this feather friend unless you have one. We are blessed to have Parrots in our lives.
    Just an advice to all my parrot lover friends....no chocolate, no avocado, no teflon/nonstick pots and pans...the fume if left heated will kill the birds instantly.
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brittany - 2011-08-03
I'm 14 recently got a 12 year old macaw...Right from the start she loved me she kinda doesn't like my mom her old owners poked at her and teased her. I love her and my mom so jealous cuz my macaw comes and sits on my chest and gives me kisses tells me she loves me and if I ignore her she keeps saying hi and hello till I notice her, If I keep ignorng her she gets off her cage and climbs up my chair and scream then says "hi mama" She's a blue and gold macaw. She's loving. When she wants petted she lays her head on my arm. She says Brittany when she wants me and when I leave the room she screams come back. I will never regret getting her shes brought so much happiness to me and my moms says she is so funny she laughs at herself sometimes. She's a little angel

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-03
    I am soooo glad that all is good. Birds pick who they love.
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Jenny - 2004-02-19


I THINK HAVING A PARROT IS WONDERFUL!

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  • tamara - 2011-07-28
    Yes they are. I have a 1 year old blue and gold macaw.
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Gary - 2011-07-26
We, too, have a wonderful red-shouldered macaw--named Kiwi (why is Kiwi such a popular name for a mini-macaw?). She is 5 years old, but we have not had her sexed as yet--no real need to know. She talks quite a bit and knows when to use certain words at the right times. She has definite preferences for members of the family--an established flock hierarchy, in her mind. She is free-flighted in our home, but sleeps in her cage. She comes when she is called and prefers affection to food as a reward. My wife was a cat person and I was a dog person, so we went many years with no pets. When our daughter wanted a pet, a friend had a bird, so we chose the bird route as something different. Kiwi is a wonderful pet, very affectionate and talkative but will play with her toys when asked. Kiwi is quick to learn new tasks and has quite a good memory over time. She can be a bit trying sometimes when you are doing something with your hands and she wants attention, she can get nippy with you. All in all, we think she is the ideal family pet. Even goes on our boat with us for summer cruises!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    You just have to love a macaw. Yes, they get bossy sometimes as they want their own way. However, we humans get in our moods too. There are just those "I do have a headache day" or the "overwhelming moment" but the macaw has all the personality, love and moods of a very intelligent human - least if they are my children.
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Shay - 2004-08-26
Srry-but I dont think itz right to keep macaws in captivity cuz there endangered...

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  • Gary Barrett - 2011-05-25
    Hi , not all Macaws are endangered. I don't agree that wild caught Macaws or any wild animal should be stuck in a cage though but if you buy a captive bred hand reared 1 that is fine and it does not hurt the numbers in the wild .
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    Many years ago us humans spent almost our entire day trying to find food and shelter. We have come a long way. We have built homes. We have installed indoor plumbing. We have built grocery stores. We go to the hospital to have our children and our children live and thrive. Our life expectancy has increased 3 fold. I believe that animals are intelligent and peaceful creatures. They, in many cases, just do what they can to live. They work all day to just eat and if there is any time left over, they can play. They create nests and have children and if they are lucky some of their children may survive. The human population has increased and we rid ourselves of forests and wetlands. We also take that away from our animals. Maybe our animals would prefer playing more and not being worried about where their food was coming from. Maybe they enjoy being loved and pet. Maybe they enjoy having fresh water and maybe they love not being afraid and knowing their children will live. I hope that my children's children will be able to see birds flying in the trees and having young. I hope my children's children will be able to know what an owl or a bunny is. I hope many things and maybe some of them will come true. But I think if I would ask my macaw "hey you want to go out there in the wild or do you want to sit with me today and watch TV? Would you like to go for a car ride? Would you like to go to the park. I think my Macaw (Luci) would say "hey Ma just take me where you go."
  • Thomas Patterson - 2011-07-19
    I think you are right!!!
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