Animal Stories - Blue Throated Macaw


Animal-World Information about: Blue Throated Macaw

The Blue-throated Macaw is a rare treat to behold, being one of the rarest birds in the world!
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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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chris Biro - 2009-11-27
I would avoid hiring someone to help me train freeflight unless they have many years experience doing so themselves. The womachs are internet marketers claiming to be bird trainers. I have been freeflying parrots since 1993 and do not consider womachs a reliable or credible resource. Be very careful if you rely on their information. Chris Biro
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for your point of view Chris. Keeping pet birds safe is a first priority! Their bio states they have years of training experience, and they have a money-back offer on the bird training videos they offer on the internet. So the bottom line is: research, make your own informed decision, and only try the products you feel comfortable with.

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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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chris Biro - 2009-11-22
I have been freeflying Blue Throat Macaws for several years now. They are wonderful flyers and I think if raised correctly make wonderful pets. Ours are quite cuddly and affectionate and often fly down to us to snuggle or to get a peanut. They spend most of their days loose outside flying around our property. On Youtube we have videos of them and other macaws flying on a windy day over a large canyon and valley in Moab, Utah. Chris Biro

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Connie Vasquez - 2009-11-10
I don't know how many see this site, but I just wanted to share a story about Tika, my BTM. She accidentally got loose and went missing. She was just a baby and had not yet mastered flight. The wind was blowing hard and she could not figure out how to descend. When she flew out of sight my heart broke. Since she is a critically endangered species, the local newspaper and news channel spread her story to the community. We searched endlessly for her and the out pouring of friends, family, and community support was heart warming. After five days, our hope of recovering her turned into relentless grief. But then, a miracle happened. a stranger was watching his grandchildren play outside when he heard Tika screaming overhead. He looked up and spotted Tika who was being chased by two large hawks. Tika took refuge in a small oak tree nearby. He spoke softly and called to her, enticing her with an apple he had been eating. Out of desperation, she landed on his shoulder and began ravenously consuming the apple. He took her inside and called our number, and we were reunited!!! It seemed like a miracle! Tika was so weak she could barely stand, but she recovered fully. In tracking her travels (our sightings and others) we figured she went approximately 40 miles. NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY... our breeder put us in touch with Dave & Jaime Womach, professional bird trainers. They encouraged us not to clip Tika's wings, but to teach her recall flight training instead. We wanted Tika to enjoy being a bird and to be healthy and happy physically and mentally. We were hopeful and terrified at the same time, but we signed up for the expeience. We worked with Tika daily, increasing our bond tremendously. This October (2009) we joined the Womachs and others in Moab, Utah, and we free flighted our birds. It was beautiful, amazing, and our hearts were filled with joy to watch these magnificent creatures fly across canyons, play in the wind, and be free. Mind you, this is only something I would recommend under the strict guidelines of a trained professional, but our experience could not have been better. Tika now free flights with us in our home state of California (being very mindful to take all safety precautions of course). But, I really wanted to share this story because it is not just a story about Tika, but a special testimant of how amazing the BTM's and really, all parrots species in general can truly be.

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Connie Vasquez - 2009-04-07
My BTM was hatched early June 2008 and I can't believe she is 11 months old. Tika is quite amazing. I cannot imagine my life without her. Her intelligence shouldn't surprise me by now, but every day she manages to come up with something new. Tika has not begun to talk yet, but when she is alone she makes lots of sounds as if she is carrying on a very animated conversation with herself. I suppose words will be next. Tika practices flying everyday. She is very accurate and quite a perfectionist. People who have been introduced to her are always amazed at how loving and acrobatic she is. She makes a great BTM ambassador of sorts. My next project is building an outdoor aviary for good weather play time. I'd love to read about others who have succeeded in this undertaking. Hugs and scrithces to all - Connie Vasquez

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Connie Vasquez - 2008-10-28
I am the proud owner of a beautiful five-month-old BTM. She is amazing. So intelligent, mechanically inclinded (to say the least!), and absolutely loving. I researched, made purchases, and planned extensively for two years before acquiring her. She has a hugh cage, an upstairs and a downstairs hanging gym, tons of toys of all kinds, and she gets lots of love, time, and attention. I have only had her for three weeks, but I have already been able to take her out for long walks around the neighborhood (with a harness). She enjoys every new toy, food, and experience with zest. She passed the vet check with flying colors and appears very healthy and happy. We are lucky to have her in our lives. I was wondering though, how do I encourage more independent play while I am nearby? She wants to be right there with me when I am in the same room as her. I love spending interactive time with her, but I also realize it is healthy for her emotionally to be able to enjoy some independent play where we can just hang out in each other's company in the same toom together. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Elsa Perez - 2008-06-21
Hi, I also have a Blue Thoated Macaw, and who ever said they are not loud is totally wrong, I have a 5 month old, that is adorable, we are currently teaching her to fly and she is a perfectionist at it. Since I was the one to hand feed her, she tends to fly to me, but my husband is currently feeding a Green Wing Macaw and whenever he his baby is getting fed, our BTM flies to him to be fed some baby food, which he still gives her as a treat. We named her Destiny, and she is the most affectionate macaw I have ever had. That is true about them. And about being intelligent, that is very true. At only 5 months and she has managed to separate the metal ring from where her food bowl goes in to, and manages to always popoput her bowl as to say "ok I'm done". Whoever has one of these macaws is a very special person.

Enjoy them.
Elsa

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Lisa - 2008-03-03
I have a pair of Blue-throated Macaws, I was outside one day and heard them, and then I saw them flying. I went into the house to get them fruit and they were very hungry. They both came to me and I fell in love with them from the start. So my husband and I made some phone calls to find out who owned them, we did find out who owned them and they were in a rescue. The person that was feeding them turned her back and out they went. Well, it took some time to get them but now they are living with us and our 4 Rat Terriers. I was told they tested for PDD. They are fine now but they will always half to be tested. I did adopt them both as I did not want them to be apart. They are 5 years and 6 years old. I was told they were both female, well one is a male, and if them do by chance breed we can not let the eggs hatch because of the PDD. This breaks my heart, but we not letting the eggs hatch if they have any at all. I Love them both. The Male is a lot nicer then the Female, I was told she has been through a lot. They have all the love and food and toys and I just keep working with them. I would not want to be without them. They were sent to us for a reason and I will not let them go without love. These are wonderful Birds. I love all animals but Teacup the male and Boie the female are like my children and I am blessed to have them. Also, have your bird checked, this is a very hard diease to treat. They are very lucking to still be here. Thanks for reading and I have enjoyed reading all your comments.

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Loril - 2007-11-17
I am very blessed to share my home with a Blue Throated Macaw. Her name is Kasey and I rescued her from a home in a windowless cement room and a dirty, rusty cage with no toys. She is a delight! But so intelligent. She can take anything apart and she loves to chew. I'm always looking for that perfect Blue Throated toy. She is cuddly, affectionate, and loud. She is a member of our family now and we love her.

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