Animal Stories - Green-winged Macaw


Animal-World Information about: Green-winged Macaw

The large Green-winged Macaw is one of the sweetest tempered of all the large Macaws!
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ME - 2008-09-19
Green Wing Macaws are the most perfect bird you can have! They are smart, sweet, funny, and just the perfect Macaw. I really love these birds a lot.

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Raymond - 2008-05-11
Having read what others say about their Greenwing experiences, I'll regale you in a brief about Chester... He just turned 4 on 4/24. I'm a 50-something guy and ambivalent about pets in general... but not about my boy. I met a man with two new Greenwings here in Jacksonville, Florida, they were just 8 weeks old at the time. This "breeder" is more like a wonderful ambassador to hookbill owners and breeders - ANYWHERE. Chester came home at 12 weeks and was handfed until about 7 months. I was wondering how long his handfeeding ritual was going to last, but one day he just decided he didn't want any more and weaned to pellets and "Poppa food" without skipping a beat. He's absolutely brilliant, a serious troublemaker and the happiest guy you've ever seen. He has about 40 English words, 4-5 Italian words and now knows a couple Russian, and uses them all in context perfectly. He and I are absolutely bonded and spend at least 4 hours a day in close contact. He's becoming more and more socialized. He'd rather run to Poppa than bite anyone, but accidents do happen. I suggest consulting a book by Mattie Sue Athan for a wealth of good information about bird behavior, it really helped me. RESCUE A BIRD and bring the pride back to human-hood! Best of luck!

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Emily - 2007-10-05
green winged macaws are very pretty. i think their color is the prettiest.

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tami h. - 2007-05-02
I have to say reading others posts really warmed my heart. This past Feb. we lost our red-lored amazon during a very cold spell and were absolutely heart-broken. She was not clipped and would love to fly all around the house. We were forced out of the house at about 7 am due to the neighbors in the other side having carbon monoxide problems. Candi was fine til the fire trucks got there, and then was very skittish. On the way back in to the house, she jumped from something and took off. . . we never saw her again though we spent 10and1/2 hours walking in the 5 degree day looking. Though I then was so lost, I now do believe that when the door closes, look for the open window. Six weeks later, my husband and I were offered a "scarlet macaw." Of course we were a little hesitant til we met Hauto. He is truly a green wing who was bought by someone who apparently had more money then sense. The bird was allowed to fly around their house while the child pursued with a baseball bat, or so the story goes. The result. . . a bird with two broken wings that instead of being taken to the vet was put in his cage with one perch in the basement with barely enough food to keep him alive. When he was two he was given to a friend of a friend who couldn't keep him because of a young daughter whose new favorite thing was to stick fingers in the cage. So he was offered to us and after meeting him there was no way not to. For all that he has been through, he is an amazing bird. He is actually a green-wing and after a few showers and a few weeks of a good diet he looks great. the vet gave him a clean bill of health, except for 2 wing that will never heal. He says a few words and continues to learn more. My family is blessed to have him, and we don't need to worry that he will ever fly away.

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Julian - 2006-09-11
Hi all!

Well! in my last comments in June, I stated that my wife and I had ordered our first Greenwing macaw and were very excited, but faced a 2-3 month wait.
We travelled 200 miles several times to see her.
Well last week, the breeder stated she would finally be ready to come to us on Thursday, and our world was shattered when on the Wednesday night the breeder phoned us to say she had died that morning.

We are awaiting the post mortome results.

The breeder tried to help us locate a replacement, and i finally located one myself which ment enduring another 9 week wait.
Finally on one last attemp, i had the most remarkable luck, i located a lady breeder who had two G/W left and ready to go.
Well we went down the next day (Saturday) and chose one.

He/she is adorable and very friendly and it reminded us so much of
the one that died that we named it Maisey after her.
Still got to get it sexed, but there we go.

Jools

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Amber Ward - 2006-08-01
We rescued a 8 year old female green wing who had been relegated to a garage, and subsequently plucked herself mostly bald. Since coming to live with my husband and I, our 3 cats, lab puppy and African Gray, "Frankie" has settled in well. She can be nippy at times, but this gets better every day as she comes to trust us. She is a loud and enthusiastic greeter when we come home, and is picking up words like "kitty" and "Maggie" (puppy's name). She gets off her cage to chase the cats around the house and she "feeds" the puppy on the floor by regurgitating to her. She and our Gray are curious and talk to each other, but she is somewhat aggressive towards him. An overall great addition to the house, and encouragement for people to continue to try to take in birds who need homes.

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MIKE BRAMER - 2006-07-20
MY SON WANTED A BIRD BACK IN WINTER AND WE FOUND A YOUNG JENDAY CONURE FOR HIM. MY WIFE THEN DECIDED SHE WOULD LIKE A BIRD AND WE FOUND A SEVERE MACAW AFTER LOOKING AND RESEARCHING WHAT SHE WOULD LIKE. WELL, WE GOT HER HOME AND SHE HAS BONDED WITH ME AND MY OTHER SON! WHAT LUCK! SO LAST WEEK WE FOUND A GREEN WING WHO IS 5 AND A HALF MONTHS OLD! SHE IS SO TAME AND GENTLE AND HAS TAKEN TO MY WIFE QUITE WELL! THANK GOD! SHE IS THE SWEETEST AND EVEN THOUGH SHE IS A LARGE BIRD SHE IS FUN TO HOLD AND WATCH! THESE ARE ALL GREAT BIRDS TO ADD TO ANY FAMILY WE THINK! OUR 2 YEAR OLD TWIN LOVES TO HAVE THE JENDAY "POPCORN" SIT ON HIS ARM WHILE MY WIFE HELPS HIM. "LOLLIPOP" THE SEVERE WILL TRY TO INTIMIDATE OTHERS BUT WILL TALK UP A STORM FOR ME AND MY OTHER SON AND LOVES STEAK. "TULIP" REALLY LIKES THE CRUST FROM PEACH PIE AND HER WHEAT THINS! HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOURS AS MUCH AS WE LOVE OURS!

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Jools - 2006-06-28
Hi All.
Well! my wife and I have just ordered our first Green winged macaw and should get it in about 2-3 months time and we are both very excited.
I used to keep Blue and Golds some years ago but my experience has dwindled over the years.
The more i read and try to find out about the Green wing, the more confused i become.
Some articles say that Green wings are not good talkers, and become aggressive and dominant, other people have written that their G/W is a brilliant talker(30 words +) small sentences, sings and dances and is so sweet and cuddly to all the family and don't believe anyone who says there not! I know this is probably down to training and constant socialization.
I was advised to read a certain book on parrot training by the breeder, who says the book is a great help, but the author says you should immediately trim the feathers as soon as you get the bird to avoid injury and also that its impossible to start to train the bird without doing so, but the breeder says NO! You must wait at least a year before trimming.

So! any comments on all the above or helpful suggestions or tips on living with a Green wing and making it part of the family and hopefully not just a one person bird from experienced owners would be very welcome.

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anton whitener - 2006-06-22
Hello bird lovers. I have two macaws a scarlet male named Mariah(the person i got him from did not know he was a he) and a beautiful blue&gold female named Abigail. I just love to let these two birds out together on their play gym. They are very loud, but I just love it. My scarlet is five years old and a big cream puff. he loves to snuggle and not one bit nippy. My blue&gold is fourteen years old and loves to tell Mariah to shut up. I'm hoping to add another macaw to my flock soon.

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val - 2006-04-20
My Greenwing (Maggie) is my first and only bird.
I had always wanted a Macaw but spent a long time researching and learning about them before making such a commitment (including talking to avian vets).
She is spoilt rotten but absolutely adorable, she loves cuddles and following me around.
She was saying 'oh hello' before 6 months of age.
Chatters constantly and brightens up any moment with her unique chuckle.
She plays pekaboo with my 4 yr old.
Best decision I made. We are part of her flock now and it will stay that way. Part with Maggie? No way! First bird, true love!


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