Animal Stories - Ruby Macaw


Animal-World Information about: Ruby Macaw

   The beautiful Ruby Macaw quickly reminds us of a Green-winged Macaw, but is distinguished by the addition of bright yellow and orange feathers scattered across the center of its back and wings!
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Deborah Pearson - 2012-10-14
As you can see by my name, I am the owner of the pictured bird. That picture was one of the first I took after acquiring him. He was a rescue and totally unhandlable when I brought him home and named him BIRDIE. It took over a month of sitting in the same room and reading and spending time to finally get him out of the cage- another couple weeks of getting on the stick, then a couple weeks of walking around the house with him on the stick to move him to his day cage in the computer room. I had never had a macaw before and must say if Birdie is a 'usual' Ruby I highly recommend them. He is an only bird and does not and never has been a screamed. His day cage is in front of a sliding glass door and he will let out a startled squawk if a hawk swoops by and when home alone a few squawks at sunset but not the continual ear bleeding screams some macaws subject their owners to. His being a nonscreamer may be due to his being an only bird which means no other bird to scream to and we do not share our time with another bird. Whenever we are home his cage door is open and when he wants company will slide down the side of the cage and cruise over to climb up my leg to spend time. He has picked up quite a vocabulary as well as what we call bird 'Morse code' tapping. In the subsequent years since that picture was taken, he has transformed from an unhandlable pile of feathers to a friendly, easy to work with, wonderful pet both of us can handle. Just be prepared as there are a lot of people who fervently dislike cross-breeding any birds. While such an attitude is understandable as macaws are no longer imported so the pure breeding stock is limited, once the deed is done, giving the off-spring a good home is all that counts, and my Ruby has been a delight.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your bird is truly awesome. I love the  picture and its great to have you share your experience and history with this beautiful creature. How awesome, you've got a great bird!



    And thanks again Deborah, for sharing that picture. That was way back in 2004, and at that time you told us it was the first photo you took of him. You did a great job and Birdie's picture was the only example we had for several years. It has really helped to have Birdie's portrait for people to see what the Ruby Macaw looks like. So many, many thanks!
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LORI J - 2009-01-09
I am blessed to have three rubies! They are exceptional, intelligent, beautiful. They do like to be in the limelight. They love to spread their lovely wings so they may be admired by anyone. They are excellent talkers. They love to sing. They LOVE to cuddle. They are outgoing and well adjusted when raised with love. They are my joy in life. Of all the macaws I believe they make the very best pets. That is why I am blessed to have three. Seek one out and you will see why.

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  • Dena Shanahan - 2010-08-28
    I love what you say about your birds, good for you! I feel the same with the 2 I have, I have a quaker and a amazon and doing much research and wanting one bird bird for our family!
    Our family is just my husband and I. I have heard that scarlets can be nippy, need a firm hand etc, but then I get words like yours, I just love the rubies also, and they have scarlet in them, but also green wing which I have heard is the best as for temperament, any info you can give would GREATLY appreciate it, is there a big difference from the small /med bird like the amazon is to the big birds, they all need time out, TLC good diet, is it the same with the big birds as well, love to talk, thanks so much Dena, you can email me at addyteal59@yahoo.co





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Kellie - 2009-10-05
When the kids left home I told my husband I was going to get a job, a dog, or a big bird. Well 2 years ago I got a job and then 8 months ago he brought home the bird. I new what a big responsibility it was and told him we can't keep it but he said he would help. He basically rescued the bird, and we fell in love with our Ruby Macaw named Skittles. We chose not to rename him. He or she is loving and and fun and gets along with everyone including the 4 year old twins and wants to meet every new person that comes over. Our friends and relative go straight to him to see what mood he is in to see if he will step up. Sometimes he won't but most of the time he will. On all hardwood floors his screams are ear piercing but he is pretty tame most of the time. The feather dander can seem overwhelming but Skittles is worth the trouble. He has his own spot in every room of the house with lots of toys so he is not too destructive. Some wonderful person did teach him to "go on the paper" so that is not a problem. We just love him-her, Skittles.

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  • Norah - 2012-09-25
    Thanks for posting this tutirbe to Mac. I got confirmation just this morning that my elderly Scarlet Macaw is losing weight, experiencing some diminished vision and probably has some level of liver disease. We'll keep him comfortable, and in good health for as long as we can. If me makes it to Labor Day, we will celebrate what we think will be his 61st birthday (he may be older than that). It's nice to see a Scarlet Macaw of similar age, and even more unusual habits, given a tutirbe like this one.
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NikkiB - 2011-02-22
I have a Ruby, he's an extremely fun and lovable bird. He does require a consistent hand as is mentioned in this article as he can be a bit of a brat sometimes (which he'll willingly tell you just before acting like a 2 year old throwing a temper tantrum), but I wouldn't trade him for anything. Jake is very vocal and loves to get the rest of my birds started with a big round of peek-a-boo's and a Beach Boys Barbara Ann when he's feeling goofy. LOL

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  • muhammad - 2012-07-24
    i want
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Ludie - 2010-07-22
I have had my Ruby since it was weaned. It is now over 20 years old. It talks quite well and loves to have a bath. Very temperamental and spoiled but I would never part with Baby!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    They are lively and interesting and occasionally domineering pets. Must love you
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donna - 2009-01-02
I have a wonderful Second generation Ruby named Valen, She is the light of my life.
And I enjoy her so much, she is nothing like first Generations, she is not high strung like the first generations can be, she loves to play and she is learning everyday. She will be 1 years old in Feb. of this year. What a joy she is... thanks, donna

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Lindsey - 2011-04-02
I have an 8 year old ruby macaw named Louie. My husband rehabilitates birds on the side. Louie came into our lives about 2 years ago. At the time we had 3 other birds. He fell in love with Louie. Don't tell him but I did too! The 3 other birds were rehabilitated and are now in new homes and Louie is still with us and is never leaving. I must admit I am not a fan of birds nor am I very fond of them. I just don't quite get them or understand them. I have yet to hold louie but I have bonded with him and I truly enjoy him. He loves being pet and scratched. He loves listening to music and singing. He can be very loud and as another post said on hard wood floors their screams and screeches are ear piercing. I think birds are very moody. Some days he's extremely happy and other days he's not. He's very playful and energetic and loves attention. He is right in the center of all the action so he does not feel left out. Louie grew on me. I think he's just the cuttest thing now. And we have a special relationship. Of all bthe birds we have helped the ruby macaw is by far my favorite. I love their personality!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-02
    I had a Ruby macaw and she was just full of fun. She was as tempermental as they come - sorta reminded me of my teenagers. I;d wait to see the modd of the day and go from there. They are beautiful. I just went on the assumption that Ruby ruled on occasion. I adopted her and was told she was 5 - 6 years old. She became quite loving in her independent way and enjoyed being pet, held and loved.
  • Ezfarahani Kamarudin - 2011-12-20
    I live in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur and Im looking for a ruby macaw did you import it or did you bought it from a petstore.Please reply to me at ezfarahani@hotmail.com thank you
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Barbara from Northern Germany - 2008-07-05
My ruby macaw named Rico entered my life about 6 years ago. I got her from a breeder when she was able to eat on her own. She was hand raised and very tame from day 1. She is a lovely and absolute pretty macaw. The feathers have this ruby glow and in size she is as big as a greenwing. The young lady developed into a good talker and performs little tricks and acrobatics - especially when she seems to get too little attention! Her appetite is enormous as well as the volume of her voice. But never the less - I would not give her away for anything in the world.

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James - 2007-12-15
I have been owned by a Ruby for over a year, and find the combo of a greenwing dad and a scarlet mom the most wonderful I have encountered. If you want a beautiful loving bird that can have a mean streak (playful and sarcastic) this is the right bird. They are expensive to buy and to keep, but all macaws are. Mine is the most social macaw I have ever encountered and tends to be a "velro bird", so be prepared to spend LOADS of time with this gentle giant.

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leslie jo - 2007-09-23
I purchased Samson 6 months ago, life will never be the same. He has a mind of his own! Sam has become a full fledged member of this chaotic family that also consists of five kids, an african grey, Umbrella Cockatoo, two cats, & 2 dogs .
He has a massive cage on the deck and really enjoys talking to the neighbors or screaming for help in a high pitched voice when he feels no one is watching his show! When the girls are playing and screaming he has to join in whether they all are outside or inside.
My two warnings to anyone thinking of buying one is that they are extremely messy and loud. The purchase price is just the beginning. They are like a high maintenance spouse. Always costing you for something. Samson eats at the table with us out of his own plate and glass. He is 37.5 inches long and around 4lbs.

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