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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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Animal-World info on Milicinth Macaw
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Anonymous - 2008-07-13
I cannot agree more that yes this hybrid makes a beautiful macaw... but doesn't the fact that the Hyacinth is as rare and endangered as it is, make crossing it with another breed a bad practice. Personally I hope the breeder is still breeding straight hyacinths with the intention to better the breed and not just mixing it to sell "rarer" birds. The hyacinth being on the critical list should sort of discourage breeding like this but that is just my opinion.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-14
    Breeding hybrids will encourage people to help both species.
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Bobbi-Sue - 2013-08-06
Hi! I have a green-winged macaw named Izabella Perlmutter. Most comments on the website praise their sweetness and pleasant personalities........NOT my Izabella Perlmutter. She bites, recently chewed my favorite bracelet. No one can touch her except me and that being at night when she is put to bed. She won't eat from her food bowl, so I have to feed her manually. She will not drink from her water bowel, only from a cup I have to hold for her. She only takes a bath in her water bowl..........but I adore her and would NEVER GIVE HER AWAY!

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les turner - 2013-07-30
My Macaw Busbee is 38 years old, and seems to have lost a bit of weight and does not seem to be eating as much unless I hand feed him. He still asks for food every time he hears the rustling of food packaging, is very lively, boisterous and still completely trashes everything in reach. He's very lively and loving. Has anybody got any idea why he should slow down on food intake, is it recent hot weather? Any help gratefully recieved. xx

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-31
    Are there any signs of a respiratory problem, such as sneezing or runny nose or eyes? Sometimes a bird may feel ill but not show many outward symptoms, and they can be hard to diagnose. If your bird continues to lose weight or has new symptoms pop up you may want to consider taking him to a vet. In the meantime, do everythign you can to make sure he is comfortable - make sure he has a clean cage, a good diet, and make sure he is not in a drafty, loud environment.
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Ashley - 2011-04-14
I am having a hard time finding one of these beautiful birds to buy, any advice??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    You could just start by calling all the major breeders that advertise in the back of Bird Talk.
    Or you could look up on the Internet to see if anyone advertises Hybrid birds for sale or again any large breeder. Many breeders feel very strongly that hybrids should not occur. So some breeders will not discuss a hybrid but some will. Be patient and just keep asking.
  • Linda Ehret - 2011-06-20
    Hi Ashley,
    I own & operate a small bird store in Allentown, Pa for the last 26 yrs.
    One of my breeders has sunset macaws but they are rather pricey, 2000.00 is the price if you're interested.
  • Clarence - 2012-02-27
    Or you could go directly to a breeder - potentially the one this store uses. Exotic Baby Birds of Englewood Florida breeds these and they sell them for $1500 to consumers directly. Save $500 and buy toys.
  • Steven Kochan - 2012-07-01
    I have an 8 year old female Maui Sunset Macaw for sale. Tame with me, she is extremely beautiful. If you are interested my email is abc12tree@hotmail.com.
  • Janet Helstrom - 2013-06-14
    HI Ashley, DO NOT buy a bird from Fancy Feathers in Caldwell NJ!! I live in WI and paid for in full and was promised a maui macaw 7 month old female. They kept her and sent me the wrong bird!  They are scammers!  NO DNA certificate for the maui I was suppose to get and  had a yellow head, this one has a dark head. Good luck. If anyone knows where this bird is please please call me thank you! 9207445752
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terri - 2005-09-17
We are owned by a 13 year precocious, mischeivious, hilarious, bratty harlequin. She's got a great sense of humor and rules this roost. We love her madly.

Great creature, but .......VERY high maintenance. While quite lively and entertaining, they require--no, demand-- a great deal of time, care and attention. It's like having a 4 year old under foot at all times. This includes both the good and bad behaviors. So if you aren't ready to engage in a full time relationship, this is not the bird for you.

That being said our little "monster" (her name is Spanish for a mythical boogie man monster) is truly a great addition to our family. FYI: we do not have children in our home. She knows all our cats by name and calls for them. Often telling on them when they have done something wrong. Or blaming them for something she has done wrong. One afternoon she had opened up the lock on her cage and quietly ventured into the bathroom where she proceeded to chew off an entire corner of the door! Created a hole the size of a large fat cat. When I found her, I said "What happened here?" She said, "The kitties."

Recently we had to travel overnight and left her alone. Mind you, overnight only. She was stocked up with plenty of food, water, toys and classical music playing softly. When we got home, she had no voice. We took her to the vet to be sure she wasn't sick. She wasn't. As it turns out she screamed herself hoarse. Needless to say we enjoyed the respite from the earsplitting noise she shares with us.


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  • Suzi - 2013-06-13
    I like the way you started out with 'We are owned by'. Haha We, too are owned by a Harlequin Macaw named Harley. She is 21 years old, and is the life of the household. She loves my daughter dearly, and is her great protector. I even took her to school once for 2nd grade halloween party. She loves children, all of them got to pet her. She also cannot stand when people get loud - no fighting in our house. Haha I really enjoy talking to other people who have friends like our Harley. Thank you!
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SjB - 2004-10-19
I LOVE THIS SITE !!

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Animal-World info on Blue Throated Macaw
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JOE GAMMINO - 2005-05-04
I HAVE A PAIR OF BLUE THROATS THAT ARE 11 YEARS OLD, AND THEY ARE NOW FINALLY STARTING TO BEAK FEED EACH OTHER! I HAVE TALKED TO OTHER BREEDERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFUL PAIRS AND THEY SAY THAT THESE ARE VERY HARD TO BREED. THEY USUUALLY START BREEDING AROUND 10-12 YEARS OF AGE! A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULAR MACAW! AND ARE VERY DIFFICULT PARENTS, YOU WILL FINDING YOURSELF INCUBATING THE EGGS! THEY ARE ALSO VERY JEALOUS BIRDS! THEY CAN BOND TO ONE PERSON AND SOMETIMES WILL ATTEMPT TO ATTACK THE OTHER PERSON IF YOU INTERUPT THEM! I HAVE BEEN BREEDING BIRDS FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND SINCE OWNING THESE MACAWS AM VERY SURPRISED AT THE DIFFERENCE SAY TO THE B&GS! BUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND IF YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON HANDLING THEM YOU WILL BE FINE! THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BLUE THROATS! I BELEIVE THEY WILL BE ON THE ENDANGERED LIST IN THE WILD FOR SOMETIME BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF RAISING THEIR YOUNG! THANKS

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