Animal Stories - Military Macaw

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The Military Macaw is a beautiful green Macaw, very intelligent, and a fabulous show bird!
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Owned by a Military - 2008-11-19
We have a 4 year old Military Macaw. She is very outgoing, clowny and silly. She loves making me laugh. When I start laughing, she'll do a whispery laugh. True to their reputation, Militaries can very much be nippy, but ours was raised with boundaries and she's very respectful with her beak. They are not a bird for everyone. Her call is more shrill than our Blue and Gold's, so be prepared for that. She's an okay talker. We're still working on reinforcing her existing vocabulary.

I happen to LOVE the Military. The few I have known are very active and need lots of toys to keep that beak out of trouble! They also like to hang upsidedown in their cages like bats. They are a riot. We love our girl.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-24
    Wow he's beautiful ok now I want 1.
  • sharie - 2011-02-12
    Hi I just got a 4 year old military macaw and she won't talk or let me by her what can I do I want to love her? Help me what do I do to get her to like me?
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    That's my problem I can't pick mine up either I need help too.
  • Lyle Krueger II - 2014-10-07
    My military is a Boliviana Military. He is going to be nine years old in December. I received him from a good friend of mine and have known him since he was young. He does have a bit of a temper at times and can be quite loud, but I love him just the same. He goes with me out in public. No tethering is needed. He even joins me on bike rides. He has bitten but only me. Once to the point stitches were required. But still he is my bird and I will never part with him. He loves his toys, his perches and his outdoor play area (again no tethering necessary). The only thing he does not play with yet is his swing. Maybe in time.
Raechel Ward - 2011-11-22
I absolutely love my military macaw named Joey. He really takes up to me loves to sit beside me doesn't bite me he even gives me kisses. I wanted to know where its supposed to be white between his eye and beak why is it red what does my Joey need.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    They blush. So where it is frequently white, it takes on a red color. White normally but when pet, happy, having a good time or being kissed, they blush. Now, if you mean the nostril area is a vivid red, I would check the nostrils for anything embedded. Sounds nuts but had a macaw that somehow put millet in his nostril.
  • Karen - 2012-02-07
    It turns red with arrousal or aggression. My Petes turns red when happy and when mad.
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Our milatary macaw turns red when I try to pet her, when my husband has her I do not think that is blushing I think she doesn't like me. Sometimes she lets me pet her but I'm scared she's going to take a chunk out of me, what can I do to get rid of my fear for her?
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Well then I think our milatary macaw doesn't like me then cuz she turns red most of the time I go near her and then sometimes she lets me pet her. I think we both have to earn each other's trust, may take time I guess. I don't really know.
Anonymous - 2013-08-02
My husband suprised me one morning and brought home Rocco, a military macaw. He had thirty years of experience with large birds. His brother has a blue and gold which I was terrified of. Every holiday he would sit on the perch and would scream when I would walk by, scaring the day lights out of me. He disliked women, even my sister-in-law, so I was not very fond of Rocco at first. I was actually speechless, knowing the bird should out live me. Now, he is my best friend. My husband even says I love the bird more than him. He is so cute. When I wake in the morning, he is so calm, he lifts his leg and shows his me one wing and says Momma. Throughout the day, he says Mom and if I don't answer him, you can hear him getting excited. He will get a little louder saying Ma then screams Ma if I don't answer him. He hangs upside down, dances,and will fly to my arm with an up-up command. His new saying is 'awl', from when he accidentally bit me (love bites). This bird has bonded with me. He really doesn't want anything to do with my husband (LOL). Absolutely, my best friend!

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  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    My husband and I bought a milatary macaw from a lady that had her for 15 year and she took to my husband and I want her to step up on me but am scared she will bite me bad, what can I do to get over the fear? I have an african grey that just loves me, please help so I can get in good relationship with our macaw.
martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
My military macaw bobbs his head like a chicken on our hands/arms etc., does anyone know what this means? He's not hurting anyone when he does this but just very curious when and why he does this..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-24
    Yep it is normal.  They bob their head up and down.  They sorta bump you with their beak which doesn't hurt and even bump you in the head with theirs.  They are playing and it is fun.
  • Anonymous - 2013-05-16
    That's natural, it's a feeding thing they do when you hand feed them!
glen - 2013-04-13
I have a Military Macaw I got her from a rescue , I can lay a blue sheet in the bottom of the cage and she will go to it and start bobbing her head and makeing strange noises. Can any one tell me why she is doing this.

Charles Blase - 2012-10-23
I got a military macaw named Tupac (we didn't name him) and he was rescued by animal control from his cruel owners. He was given to my aunt who gave him to me because I have expereince with birds (having a moluccan macaw and had a green conure) but I'm having problems with him. He only likes me which would be fine IF I wasnt in high school. I don't have the time I wish I had to dedicate to getting him out of the cage more often then he does. But I'm the only one who can hold, pet, feed, or water him. He will attack anyone else who trys to touch him and anyone else who feeds him he dumps the food and water out. Anyone know how to fix this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    Militaries can be just a wee bit stubborn but I wouldn't give up or lose hope cuz they usually come around.  First I'd fix the food and water bowels so he can't throw them cuz that's a pain and a mess.  You can usually drill a hole through the very top of the bowel and use a u-bolt or screw botl to bolt the cups down.  Have others start by just talkling to him or giving him a small treat from their plate whether a piece of chicken, a peanut, cracker, piece of pizza - you will find out his favorites.  For some reason (and possibly a great one) he has bonded with you and it would be nice if he would with the rest of the family.  I would want him to at least come out and sit on a perch around the family and that is a good place to start.  Might take awhile but I think he will learn to accept 'his position' in the family.  By the way  I named my Military Sargeant Barker cuz he had to be the boss - but he came around.
Jen Morris - 2005-11-14
My neighbor has left her Military Macaw Ruby to me when she passes on. She has decided to leave her to me because she does not like anyone else but me. She only likes me because her owners had to keep taking her to the vet to find out why she is plucking. But no such luck in finding out why. Her owners and I believe that she is allergic to the feather dust her Umbrella Cockatoo produces. She also has a yellow-head Amazon. I love my neighbor and I hope that she is with us for many more years. I also love Ruby.

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  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    My macaw also was plucking his feathers so I went and had his feathers trimmed/clipped and toenails done and he hasn't done it since and he looks beautiful.. My charlie (macaw) also talks alot thru the night when nobody is listening and or when it is just me n him in the early am..
  • Martie Werbacher - 2012-06-25
    My fiancee is 80 and he has also having his macaw willed to me, We found out that these birds have to be in a will otherwise whoever the next of kin can decide where and who the bird goes to... I was happy when my fiancees daughter was glad I wanted our bird charlie to be with me....
Matt - 2010-02-19
I've got an approx. 10 year old female Military. That was a good bird up till the day that the Male B&G that she was raised with died( he ended up with a heart condition. Now she is the MEANEST bird that I have ever seen. I also have a younger B&G that is like a big baby, but the Military can no longer be handled. In turn, she gets less attention, in turn gets meaner, because no one wants the blood, & scars that she can inflict. There are days that I feel like opening the front door and throwing her out. I know, thats cruel, and I wouldn't do it. I'm even afraid to proceed to try and tame her again, I've had a lot of birds, as many as 6 Macaws, 2 greys, a bunch of Canaries, & a boatload of Finches, all at the same time. All but 2 Macaws, and about 10 Gouldian finches remain, and I'm slowly getting out of the finch hobby. Any ideas as to what I should do. I now hate this bird, but she is so pretty. I think that she is a womans bird, because she will get real close to my daughter when she talks to her. But my daughter has seen what she can do, and won't have anything to do with touching her. HELP

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  • Brampton, Ontario - 2010-02-26
    Please don't give up. She is grieving. I am sure when she accepts a new companion and is over her sense of loss she will be sociable again.
    I have a 4 year old MM named Carlos. He is hilarious. He only lets me handle him but he talks to my daughter and grandson whenever they walk by. He yells Jordan when we are calling my grandson to dinner, he meows after the cats, feeds the dogs his pellets and says haha when they pick up the food. Peek A Boo is his favourite saying. He always says night when I put him back in his cage at bedtime, but he seems to know when we are putting him in his cage because we age going out. Then he always says BYE quite loudly and he sounds a little disgusted with us. I would love to know how you make out.

    Brampton, Ontario
  • David Turnbow - 2010-08-26

    I do not have much of a reply other than patience. I have rescued a blue and gold, a green wing, and a panama amazon. They were all the same way in the beginning, but now they are all very sweet birds. If you would want to place the bird I would gladly take her. Just a thought.

    Thank you, David
  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    hi... I started dating my boyfriend 7 months ago and he has a military macaw. My boyfriends wife passed after haveing this bird for 17 years, my boyfriend said the military macaw stopped eating and was sooo depressed he thought he'd lose the bird. After taking him to the vet the vet said to post a pitchure if you have one on the cage, his bird came out of his depression but was ok but my boyfriend hasn't been able to handle but to feed him. Since IIve been here it has taken me months of patience for the bird and I to love... he now follows me everywhere.. please, try a picture and if you don't have one find one in a magazine or internet to post on his/her cage..
Tanner Kay - 2007-01-05
I think military macaws are the coolest pets ever. I just recently got one and i have bonded with it more than anybody else could. His name is Fred Kay and he is really protective of me.

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  • ann - 2011-06-05
    That's great! I hope all goes well. Just be sure to socialize him and make sure he does not become hormonal. Good luck with your new birdybaby!
Jack Rockwell - 2010-11-28
I rescued my Military out of a tree. It took me five days to get her. I have had a DNA and she is a she. She is my Bird 24/7. My wife or daughter cannot touch her. She goes everywhere with me and my three dogs. I would like her to get more friendly with them any suggestions? The avian vet says when I took her after rescuing her she was probably between 2/3. I rescued her on 6/20/09. I would also like to teach her to talk. She always says hello when a person comes around. I take her to the Bank because everyone wants to see her. She also rides on my motorcycle in the side car with my dogs. I put a perch in the sidecar and she really enjoys it. I live in SoCal. so weather is not a big problem. Her favorite food is pasta and French fries. She does get a well rounded diet tho. The vet is amazed at how she has bonded with me. I would still like her to be more friendly to other people. Anyone can help please e mail me direct. Thanks