Animal Stories - Illiger's Macaw

Animal-World Information about: Illiger's Macaw

  Extremely curious and intelligent, the Illiger's Macaw can be an energetic little mischief-maker!
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Maryke - 2014-04-29
We bought a ILLeger's macaw in December 2013, he was 6 weeks. He is adorable, we hand feed him, he walks around in the house, sits in his cage and playstand, sits on our shoulder, is very loveable, he eats everything, fruit, his pallets and seeds. But it is now 9 days that he started to moan, while he is eating, walks around, and even when he is sitting on our shoulders, he is moaning non stop, till he goes to sleep. He stopped playing with his toys, only wants to eat seeds (nothing else), and where he sits, he sits and moans, only goes down to eat and drink water. I'm irritated with his moaning, it's from when he wakes up till he goes to sleep! Can anyone help me please! What did I do wrong for Marley to moan non stop!

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  • Patsy Harper - 2014-09-25
    Please take him to his Avian certified vet immediately. It's possible he is making happy noises. But you can't take a chance. Where are you located? I have a list of very good vets all over the country. Please send me a message when you find out what is wrong. Please?
Alan Green - 2009-10-11
Hi there.
I have an Illiger macaw, I have had him for 3 months. I adopted him from a lady that
could not take the noise. He is a wonderful bird and I love him to bits. I open his cage
and he climbs down the cage and waddles over to me on the couch. When he wants to come out of his cage he says, "come now, come on boy", and he does not stop until I open his cage. His name is Zuse, and he chops up his wooden toys like a chain saw.

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  • jyt - 2014-01-14
    my mini macaw hatched nov 2013 still not weaned yet cannot wait for Dexter to come home does anyone have any suggestions? Illiger
Tina - 2008-08-13
I just bought a Illiger's Macaw. I've had him for 4 days now and he is acting strange. When I bought him he was with his brother. All he wants to do is sit on me. He hasn't been eating very well. Can sombody let me know something about this kind of bird.

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  • Jeff - 2010-03-01
    These birds are prone to wasting disease, many of them die in capitivity, due to kidney failure. Take him to an Av Vet and have a complete blood panal run, he may need a special diet.
Crystal Rolfe - 2012-08-12
Our little Illiger was just born and we can't wait to meet him/her but it'll have to wait a couple of weeks. We also have a Hahns Macaw and a CAG. Thanks for the info!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    Congratulations and enjoy much. 
Marshall Dean - 2012-09-16
I had a pet Illiger's Macaw For about 1/2 of my life. She died of old age (she was a second hand bird). I have an empty spot in my heart for an other Illiger's Macaw. I would like to purchase another Illeger's Macaw if it is not too expensive. Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are wonderful birds, and I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  Birds become so much a part of our lives, I hope you soon find a bird to love to  fill the emptyness your darling left behind. All the best.
Hamad - 2011-11-08
Hi I live in the middle east and I would like to know if they sell these birds in petshops as I want to get one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    They sell these birds in various bird pet stores in the United states, I don't know about pet stores in the Middle east.  You could ask them.
Eva J. Blanco - 2008-10-03
Hello, My name is Eva and my husband just bought me an Illiger for my birthday about 1 1/2 months ago. When he purchased "Chulo" he was about 1 month old. Since we've had him, he's been very isolated. He gets very agitated whenever we try to talk to him or touch him. He does not like for anyone to talk to him or whistle at him. I have tried leaving the cage door open so that he can walk around the house and he refuses to come out whenever we are around, but he will come out if we leave the door to the cage open and leave the room. I don't know what to do, I don't want to get rid of my baby Chulo but I feel he is not happy with us.

If anyone knows what we're doing wrong, please let us know!!!!!

Eva J. Blanco
Delano California

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  • Jeff - 2010-03-01
    You got Chulo at too early of an age, He shouldn't have been removed from the nest that early. Be careful with his diet and watch that he get enough Protien. Patients and love is all you can really offer this baby Illiger's. Make sure he gets plenty of Avian Vet visits until he is around 6 mos old.
Sal - 2011-08-12

Thanks for the info about Illigers Macaw. I like Illigers, they are great. I have one and I am looking for his female or companion since my other Illiger flew away about a month ago.
Here is my blog about Illigers nutrition and a video. I hope you like it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    Thank you
I forgot - 2006-03-25
I have a male Illiger macaw named Smudge. He is a very palyful, sweet, and funny bird. He knows how to play dead, give a high five, play basketball, put a coin in a piggy bank, wave, and many more tricks. This just shows how intelligent he is. He says:
Love ya'
Hello, I'm Smudge
I really reccommend these birds for anyone who is willing to give it the love and care it thrives on, and can put up with its noise, mess, and separation anxiety.