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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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Dino - 2013-12-04
I have a green wing macaw, she is great, loving and playful friendly to me and my wife (not to many others). She has picked up a new habit of taking her food dishes out of their placement in the cage and dropping them on the floor, this was not too often at first, however now it is many times a day.. hard to feed and water her when she won't leave the dishes alone. The way she gets them out of their holders is very smart. Does anyone have any ideas? PS new pird in the house, however she was doing this before the African grey came in.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like she's keeping you on your toes in the creative area... have you tried dishes that mount from the outside? Many bird farms will carry a variety of different types of dishes, also your local pet store that deals in large birds would be able to help you come up with options. Good luck:)
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uhhhh - 2008-09-19
Hmmm, a Scarlet Macaw is the most useless macaw of all. They are moody, prone to feather plucking, scream to much, they can't talk very well, they sit around and scream all day, and make dumb noises. My bird is four and says three words. My Greenwing Macaw says a whole bunch of things. I have bruises all over my arms from my bird. If you ask me they are not a good pet and are way to much money. If you are looking into getting a Macaw get a Greenwing Macaw or a Blue and Gold. They are smarter, sweeter, and over all a way better bird.

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  • Jackie mast- Mosqueda - 2013-11-04
    Well if you don't want him I will gladly take him off your hand
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Jackie mast- Mosqueda - 2013-11-04
I just recently acquired a 6yr old Scarlett macaw, the first week he stayed in his cage he was I guess insecure about his surroundings, but after that he opened up really quick and is a very lovable bird, though he mainly takes to the females in the house (my mom and myself). He loves to be cuddled with warm blankets and even gets along with our dogs and cats. I am so happy that we rescued him, squawks and all. He tells us which one he wants by calling us by name, even the pets. He likes to go outside and play in the trees during the day and when he's done he just comes back in through the pet door. We do cover his cage at night because we have central air in the house and I like to think the blanket keeps him a little warmer, and he likes his naps in his cage with the blanket. If we don't cover him he becomes agitated and grabs at them from the inside of the cage till we do what he wants. I guess he thinks he rules the house (and he does). Best decision we made, thank you for letting me share my story.

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chris - 2006-12-18
I recently rescued a nine-year old female Red-Front macaw named Sam, and I love her!! Her previous owners did not understand her so she never had a chance to thrive and blossom. She does now, and boy is she ever!!! She is a very loving, very entertaining addition to my family.

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  • Marie Reilly - 2013-10-03
    I too own a red fronted Macaw, a male named Gus who has a great personality to match his name. He is three years old, and is very affectionate, he is just getting to know us, I was suprised that he was so easy to work with so soon after buying him and taking him home.
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Jill Swanberg - 2012-04-20
I have a Severe Macaw and the green feathers are turning red and I would like to find out why this is happening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Some severe macaws have more red (on their feathers) than others. Is your little one about 2 year old and starting to get his adult feathers and coloring? There are also mutations.
  • Megan Donovan - 2013-08-31
    Maybe aging?
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Megan - 2013-08-31
We just bought a 5 year old male from a woman who has taken very well care of him. She had to sell him due to health reasons of her own; he was not receiving the proper time and attention he deserved. When we got home for the first 3-4 days, he was primarily in his cage, frequently coming out to stand on his door. Was also very talkative. Nothing routine wise on our end has changed, but for the last 2 or so days, he has pretty much stopped talking, stays inside the cage and scratches/prunes? himself. He is clipped so he cannot fly but our coffee table is right under his door for him to hop onto. Problem is when we come close to him slowly he is sort of brave (we can tell he wants to retreat) and stays on the door. He readily accepts treats from both myself and daughter as well as strangers. What would cause him to suddenly stop talking, occasionally squawking, and still not fully leave his cage? We are getting very disappointed and want a happy fun macaw. I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    Parrots are very smart, and have really good memories. As a rule of thumb, it takes a parrot about 30 days to adjust to a new environment, and he's still not sure what the heck to make of his new home. Be patient, and keep the affection and treats coming:) Just keep in mind that this bird will be your companion for at least the next 20+ years, so you have lots of time.
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karen todd - 2013-08-19
My severe, I adopted after she was being abused for screaming etc. I've had her for 5 years or so, you would say I love her, but many days she makes me crazy. She's demanding and doesn't want anyone to talk to me let alone come near me if she's around. She even screams if I'm in another part of house and she can hear me interact with someone. She's messy and has bitten almost everyone I know. I still love her and she loves me but not a bird for anyone without patience and love for any animal I take in. I could never get rid of her even though my family threatens her they will when I'm not home. The second I get home she demands my attention and creates havoc till she gets fullfilled. She always wants to be boss and rarely uses a cage. I could write a book about her many antics and wish somehow I could get her to be people friendly. I'd take her everywhere with me if I only could. I love you nina. aka badgirl.

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Joseph Mirabitur - 2013-08-15
I bought a giant Verde Macaw in the spring of this year. We are totally surprised with her. Halley her name is, the most gentle bird we have. Her colors and appearance are striking. We didn't expect Halley to be so large, she is about 5 months old, and weighs around 1650 grams. Her size is big as she is gentle. She's starting to talk now. A good friend of mine breeds extra large parrots including Hyacinths, huge greenwings he said that's the largest bird he has seen. She is so gentle, she opens her wings and hugs you when you pick her up. We have three others macaws, a Catalina, blue and gold, a huge Greenwing Macaws, plus A congo grey, and a 37 yr old Yellownape amazon. So we can compare, they are all great birds . She is like a gentle Greenwing Macaw. Now the cons she is real large for one, she always wants to be picked up if that's a con. She has one of the largest voices I ever heard. But she is the least noisiest bird I have. I cannot say they're all like this one.

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