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abner - 2009-08-05
I have a blue gold macaw and he is 16 years old. My family has had him for quite a while, well since before I was born. He went well with my parents till last year. We came back from vacation and he attacks them. He bites his legs when he sees him and screams, but hes really well with me and my sister. He gets out of his cage and destroys things like furniture. We put newspaper in his cage whenever he uses the bathroom and recently hes been tearing it up, so we decided to switch to cardboard but he continues. We bought toys to see if thats the problem but he continues. What I want to know is that natural for this kind of bird or is it just that bird.

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  • Crystal B - 2010-02-23
    My blue gold macaw tears up the newspaper at the bottom of the cage as well. We replaced it with cork board and found it both easier to clean and she doesnt touch it. She is a very messy eater and dumps his bowl all the time. She has toys and still continues to do that, I think it's normal. We also opened up the cage more and let her out the whole day but she still continues to go in there and tear it up.
  • brandon - 2010-02-28
    Macaws or any other bird shouldn't be able to get to their substrate. There should be a grate between his living area and substrate. But their favorite thing to do is destroy stuff. You can even make cheap toys by putting paper shreds in a paper bag. They love that as much as a $20 toy. Sometimes they don't like certain people, but the fact that it is recent is pretty puzzling to me.
  • Jane - 2010-03-13
    He is just mad at them because they went on vacation & left him. We have a 12 year old blue and gold. He loves us dearly, but when we have to leave him alone he grieves and he gets mad at us. It's funny, but since my husband is his favorite, he usually gets mad at me & when we return from a vacation, he feels that he needs to "punish" me in some way. Birds are very much an eye for an eye kind of species - he was hurt, he needs to hurt me. Mind you, he doesn't bite me hard, but I found that if I let him pinch me & then afterward I tell him how sorry I am that we had to leave him - he forgives me & he gets over being mad at me sooner rather than later & the bad behavior stops.
  • Bubba\'s Mom - 2010-04-19
    What you're describing is what I went through with my 20 year old BG a few years back. Your bird is becoming mature. The tearing up of the paper is an attempt to nest. The hormones can make them very cranky and frustrated. Mine became a green eyed monster! My suggestion is to limit light. No more than 12 hours of light a day. This helps keep them out of mating mode.

    Are you sure you have a male? I was assured by my breeder that my baby was a male. After 17 years HE laid 3 eggs! They didn't have genetic testing back then. Limiting her light has kept her from laying eggs since. Also, avian vets do have medications to help if needed. Consult with your vet.

    Hope this helps!
  • Patty - 2010-06-16
    I have a 3-year-old severe macaw who has started to tear up the newspaper on the bottom of her cage. We recently acquired a 23 year-old African Grey and she is having a hard time adapting to not being the only bird in the house. She will hang from the corner of her cage, flutter her wings and yell and screech and I have to cover her up. This has never happened before. I am wondering if she is trying to make a nest?
  • Ashleigh - 2010-06-16
    I don't really know about the 'biting your parents' part but it is very common for macaws, all macaws to bite furniture.

    I think(not sure) that the biting your parents is because he wants attention form them but I suggest taking him to a avairy specially for big parrots, see what they say :)

    I Hope that helps!!
  • justin - 2010-08-28
    I have 1 macaw and 2 cockatoos they are all so nice and by the way you should put a tray in the bottom or like put towel I don't know but yup that's really it oh yea and my macaw is 2 and my cockatoo is 5 and the other 1 is 3.
  • Todd - 2010-09-02
    Hey Abner, sounds like your bird suffered some trauma recently. I have a 17yo B&G. If your bird suddenly gets violent, it's had something happen to it, or it has a mental problem that will have to be worked through.I'm thinking it was trauma. B&G's are a very forgiving bird, and you just need to establish yourself as the alpha in the relationship. Who watched the bird while you were on vacation? That's when the trauma occurred!
  • rocky w. - 2010-09-10
    We had one and she was wonderful but they have the mind of a 5 year old. What I would think is happening is that he is mad. He was raised by your parents, right? If the one that he was attached to or loved the most (the person who most fed him as a baby) left for a week or two or even ignored him, he would get mad and throw a fit like a 5 year old. He is good with because he is trying to make the one that he was attached to jealous of you. You just have to remember that they are like spoiled little kids. But you gotta love em.
  • Chris - 2010-10-02
    I just rescued a blue and gold Macaw and he came to us for this same reasons This is a very common problem and I can say it is the environment Stress is the main this also him food can lead to behavior problems also make sure your NOT! feeding his any Sunflower seeds to your bird as I have put it in the past is Sun Flower seeds is like use eating cocaine it is very bad they get hooked on the THC and the Oils hurt there stomach and liver problems. The bag of food that came with the bird was 85% sun flower seeds. Today it's been all most a week and with the diet change and fresh fruit and Veg's he has made a 180° degree turn around and with a stress free and being with other birds Sam is back to his ever loving self and is going to make a good addition to the center.

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  • Shawna - 2010-10-21
    I'm no expert or anything but I have known macaws that were like that. We have one and he has to be monitored as he will destroy everything as well. We have a stand that hangs from the ceiling that my husband made so he can't get to anything in the house and we just put a sheet down on the floor to catch poopies. Our macaw is daddies boy and I can't touch him or he bites. The only one that handles him is daddy so I think it's just a trust thing with them. Also I have learned that at a certain age they go into puberty and get kinda unruly for a couple of years but it passes. I have been reading up on them cuz I've been trying to figure ours out and I heard that if they lack vitamins they can be cranky. I've been trying to give him daily vegges and fruit to help. Either way don't worry too much about yours cuz I think they are emotional birds and very smart. Almost like humans with the trust issues and the stubborn traits LOL Hope this helped & you are not alone!
  • Shawna - 2010-10-21
    Also keep newspaper away from parrots. Our cockatoo was getting sick from the toxins in the inks and we changed to paper towels. He got better right away! They are ingesting these inks as they chew them up!
  • spring - 2010-10-31
    I have a 5 month old mcaw i've called her bella even though i don't know the sex of the bird. she tends to be a one person bird she very intellegent and starting to talk.
  • Sarah - 2010-11-10
    That is one of this type of bird's favorite thing to do, is to be destructive. However, lots of attention, baths, and replaceable toys, as well as making them work for their food in hidden places, generally calms a little of this bad behavior.
  • Barbara Pasko - 2011-03-31
    The biting of your parents is more then likely caused by "abandonment issues". The bird cannot get over the fact that he was left alone without his family. I fight that when every time my daughter and her family comes up for a visit, Syd, my B&G screams the whole time. Since in Syd's mind, Erin left her. So I try some special things that are just for her. If the weather is above 45 degrees, I make sure her wings are clipped and take her for a car ride - it's a one on one time with her and I, and she loves it! - She usually is in a much better mood for a few days too. Also, join a bird club - get him out among other birds, their behavior tends to improve when they get out of the house, just like us. They also love to "people watch" Go to a park or just sit at an outside table at a hamburger joint with a friend and have lunch. Your bird will feel like royalty. Plus, all the attention he will draw. I never let anyone attempt to pet Syd - I just explain that she is a "biter" and they tend to back off quickly. Other things - play ball - get a large wiffle ball and have at it - mine can throw a good 6 - 8 ft! and she will even get on the floor and retrieve it at times too. This is a good attitude adjustment game when she is in her "season" It tends to relieve some of her built up energies and frustrations. What's more fun that trying to bean mom with a ball! B & G Macaws need a daily average of 40 mins or more of attention, either direct or passive (like just being in the same room with them and talk to them from time to time) or else they become like spoiled toddlers having a fit. And remember - never let the bird win! They love dominance, and reacting to a bite is them winning.
  • Robert - 2011-04-22
    I know that this has been written a while ago, but i hope I am not to late. I hope that your family still has the family pet.
    I am a amateur bird owner - but i can tell you that birds tend to mutilate themselves and become destructive when they feel that there masters have abandoned them. Even though we know this to be not true. I do not know how to brake a bird of these types of behavior but I know some people who have been bird owners for more years then I have that are on my Facebook page, if you would like to look me up, my name on facebook is my real name Robby Michael Williamson. I can get you in contact with them there..
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Mike - 2011-04-03
Where the author said "Harligold"; I think they meant "Starlight". I believe the author meant to say that a Starlight Macaw comes from the union of a Miligold Macaw and a Scarlet Macaw.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-04
    Yes, the Starlight is a hybrid derived from the Scarlet and the Milligold. It is a beautiful bird and offers the much in the way of personality. Enjoy her.
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Random - 2011-02-20
I own one and I was told they are called hyarlet or scarlicinth macaw.

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jackie moore - 2011-02-20
What would a red front and a scarlet make or a red front and a military?

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Adele Bloom - 2009-09-08
Today, I just went out and found a baby Camelot in our Scarlet Macaw and Catalina Macaw's nesting box, She still has one egg,
She bit my husband when he went to look.. all Macaws are different. I have a baby 3 months old, (handfed) Military who will not let me put her down.. her parents are very quiet, but she is a screamer if she cannot be held, or at feeding time, She sure lets me know.. I also raised and handfed a baby Scarlet Macaw.. she refuses to let anyone near me or my husband . She is a year old now and is trying to teach the other baby to "Step Up" .. I love Macaws. I have to watch her or she will pull the Military's feathers, and may try to hurt her.. when one is out, the other is up, my bedroom is a mess.. but I really don't care, because they love me so much.

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christian - 2011-01-25
My family is owned by a female blue throated macaw. She is about 4 1/2 yrs old now and has become very temperamental. She use to be very affectionate, but now will only permit us to hold her as long as no attempt is made to pet or cuddle. She also is very vocal (screaming, very loudly). She is free flighted and has range of the house. Interesting enough, she will destroy anything placed in her cage, but is content to sit and watch without any destructive behavior while roaming the house. She is very aloof, and does not care to interact with people.

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Angie - 2010-08-12
We just got a male Severe Macaw that we are still hand feeding, and I am just a little confused to what can I feed him. Also I would like tips about how can I teach him to talk. He does get nippy with my kids and @ times w/me but he seems to be catching and understanding what NO means. I have a green cheek conure but they don't get along. Please if anybody has any tips please tell me soon.

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  • Denise Carlin - 2011-01-07
    Hi Angie,
    When I got my severe, he loved to be hand fed and wasn't really interested in eating other food until one day when I was holding him and eating a banana. I offered him some and he loved it. He then began to eat more things. He loves "people" food. Yes, really work with him and the biting as that beak is lethal. I just kept working with my bird and now he talks a lot. Good luck, Denise
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BRAD CRAIN - 2010-05-28
Yes I have two of the bird not sure about breed theme or not and to what? Pleasee tell me what you think?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-24
    Oh god please don't. these are hideous and a disgrace to nature.
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-25
    Breed them if you would like. I have one and he paired up with my blue and gold. They have been working the nest box but no eggs yet.
  • macawlover - 2010-12-25
    HI Brad, I also have one of each of these birds. Personally I think it takes away from their beauty when they are crossed. I think the Scarlets are the most Gorgeous birds there are. But so are the Hyacinths. I do not think they should be crossed. But good luck with what ever you do! Merry Christmas!
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Rebeca Bachur - 2005-03-22
hey everyone, i love this website. im in love with birds, and i cant wait until i get one. my favorite type of bird is the scarlet macaw. well i hope you guys keep up the good work, i mean you all have such great tips and information, im loving it. ;)

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  • michelle - 2010-12-04
    Please research the various breeds of macaws & each ones temperament & personality before buying one for a pet. doing this will ensure buying one that best suits your environment & the amount of time you can commit to this bird. You should buy a bird by what best suits your time, availability & commitment to the bird, rather than buying one because of the way it looks & thinking its so beautiful. Don't go by the birds beauty. Go by the birds temperament, needs, personality traits & whether or not you can accommodate the need for such a large space, expensive food & toys, & how much time you are able to commit to the bird on a daily basis. Please, please, please do your research before choosing a bird for a companion. You want to get the bird that would best suit you, your home & your surroundings. Including how it may affect any neighbors you have due to how loud & boisterous they can be. You want to get what's best for you, not what is the prettiest to you.
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Jack Rockwell - 2010-11-28
I rescued my Military out of a tree. It took me five days to get her. I have had a DNA and she is a she. She is my Bird 24/7. My wife or daughter cannot touch her. She goes everywhere with me and my three dogs. I would like her to get more friendly with them any suggestions? The avian vet says when I took her after rescuing her she was probably between 2/3. I rescued her on 6/20/09. I would also like to teach her to talk. She always says hello when a person comes around. I take her to the Bank because everyone wants to see her. She also rides on my motorcycle in the side car with my dogs. I put a perch in the sidecar and she really enjoys it. I live in SoCal. so weather is not a big problem. Her favorite food is pasta and French fries. She does get a well rounded diet tho. The vet is amazed at how she has bonded with me. I would still like her to be more friendly to other people. Anyone can help please e mail me direct. Thanks


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