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The Severe macaw is one of the "mini" macaws. The baby Severe Macaw pictured above, "Fuzz Button" is one of two very sweet, friendly baby birds!
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My Lucy is a severe and I love her. She can be very loving and then the next minute very protective. She loves to say Hi to our Timneh and blue and gold. She actually taught the Blue and Gold how to wave hello. Lucy turned 9 this month and had her own "Birdie Bread cake" to celebrate her day. Lucy also loves to get down and walk on the floor and play with her toys in the toy box I made for her. Happy Birthday Lucy Aug 1.
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So your blue and gold gets along with Lucy? Are they in the same cage?
I have a little severe. My mother and I volunteered to help a lady with her at-home animal shelter, which one day involved taking in several parrots from a bird horder. We got 4 birds from her, an Umbrella Cockatoo( formerly and presently named "Precious"), a Red-Lored Amazon(formerly named "Spice", presently named "Boo"), a Sun Conure (formerly and previously named "Phoenix"), and the Severe Macaw (formerly named "Fang", presently named "Grinchi", "Grinch" for short). Grinch came to us with a few problems. His beak was way too long, and his nails were vicious. He's amazingly resilient. From volunteering, I already knew I wanted a macaw, and was relieved to find that Grinchi loved me back.
Grinch is incredibly smart. He always works his cage open, but due to a small factor, my mom has no problems with him running about on top of his cage. He only has one wing. In the rescue, I had seen another bird with one wing, and man was he DEPRESSED, so I was glad to find Grinch had a high self-esteem.
He's quite the little monkey. Always hanging off of things and running around. Enjoys the simplist of toys. He's absolutely adorable and loves to talk. He says "Hello" when he's happy, confused, or nervous. He says "Come here" to be a little brat, cuz he's either already on you, or running away from you across his cage, but if you say "Grinch, come here" back to him, he'll come running yelling "step-up!!" He says "no bite" when he knows he's been bad, "thank-you" when you give him food he likes, and "peek-a-boo" when he's feeling playful. He says "Hiiiii" to be a flirt, and barks to terrorize our dogs. I'm actually glad the horder didn't want the birds back, cuz if she had, we would have had to give my little Grinchi back to her.
He'll eat anything you put infront of him-- even if it was unintentional, and licks plates when there's nothing on them. He's a riot. Hates baths, having his nails or beak done (which is why they're still WAY long), and having his tail touched.
Abby, 11 months, lives the life! Travels to work with me everyday. I carry her in a small cat carrier for the 20 mile trip. At the shop she has a very large playpen. I began this at 8 months of age. As a result, I have a very socialized Severe. Never bites, and is very happy. Living is a cold climate, and the office where she is kept during the day can become drafty, I purchased a Termal perch(heated). This is ideal in keeping her feet warm. Warm feet, warm bird. Not a talker as of yet. Some basic stuff. A real whistler though. Really enjoying the Severe. Thanks for a great site.
Bob, Upstate New York
My Severe is named "Sasha" and is a rescued 20-year old. Although it was my wife's idea to get him, he is completely smitten with me and will have nothing to with her, except raised feathers and an open beak! He still has vestiges of phrases from his last owners, who were apparently a deaf old man and his wife. His vocabulary includes:
- "What? Whaaaat?"
- "Come here" when he sees me and "Go away" when he sees my wife and others
- He screams and then says "Be quiet"
- ...or sometimes "Please be quiet!"
-...or sometimes "oh my God be quiet!"
- When he stepped onto my hand he once said "Thank you sweetheart"
- "Sasha" or "Saaashaaaaaa..."
"Good Night" at night
- "Good Bye" said in a very mournful voice when I go out the front door.
- "Heeerrrre, Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty" said at night, apparently because prev. owners had cats they called in
- "Pretty Bird"
- Various sound effects, like dog growls and coughs, and "OW!" when he bites something
He was a holy terror when we got him, but has calmed down and I can now scritch him, carry him around and have him do tricks, like doing a 360 flip around his perch, giving him a "high 4" (instead of "high 5") and turn on command. Good bird that one.
I have a beautiful Severe macaw named Kahlua. She is so funny but is very posessive of me when it comes to other people. I also have a blue and gold named Simba and a Hyacinth named Caesar. She is best friends with Simba and they are so close that I have let them share the same cage. I never thought they'd get along because of the size difference but they do, and Kahlua is definately the boss. I think a Severe macaw is a great bird for anyone who wants to have a big macaw but either doesn't have the room or is scared to take one on. The Severes have all the personality, charm, and style that the larger macaws have but are a little bit more managable. I love my Severe to death, she is so darn cute and cuddly, and sharp as a tack too.
I also have a male severe macaw called Orin. We live in the Czech rep. He will turn 3 on 17.3.08, so very soon. Now he is a nice big boy but I got him in his 2nd month so he is like my third child. My two real children (8 and 4) love him very much and he loves them as well, but he fell in love with our new cat Suzy (main coon) two months ago.
She is sitting next to his cage and he is talking and singing to her all day long. He knows more than 10 words and sentences and many sounds. I dont know if she understands, but is listening well. I have wanted to buy a female macaw for him but now I am not sure if it's still a good idea. It's really curious and funny for all who come to visit us. In this country it is not very often to have this type of macaw,
so its good to know about others care of these magnificent birds.
We have a 4 year old Severe Macaw. Her name is Winston! She is named Winston because the breeder told us "she" was a male! Then we suspected she was a female and had her DNA tested and yes, she is a female! She is the funniest bird we have (we have 8 birds, four of them are Macaws). She loves to twist her head around in a figure 8. She talks very well, and seems to know much more than she is willing to say, because she will surprise us constantly with new phrases that we had no idea that she could say! One day we were talking to the other Macaw we have in the same room where she lives. We were saying "I love you" to the other Macaw (a Military). All of a sudden Winston blurted out, "I love you!" loud and clear as a bell! She had never said that before, and she has never said it again!! LOL. She is a riot. She loves to play Peek a Boo and will run right over to play with me when I approach her cage. She is adorable and we love her so much!
I bought my Severe Macaw 25yrs ago. Her name is Lucy. I remember hand feeding her for months and Lucy winds up falling in love with my girlfriend. That wasn't the problem, the problem was she didn't want me around when my girlfriend was over. You would think I tortured the bird the way she would come at me. After marrying my girlfriend, and after two decades, the bird now shows me love. However when my wife enters the room, I make sure the bird is away from my face as I love her, but still don't trust her.
I adopted a 16 year old female Severe whose owner had passed away. She took right to me but doesn't want anyone else coming near her or her cage.....she will come after them like a shark. She talks really well and says a lot of different things and likes to be petted. When I cover her cage in the evening, she takes the cover off and plays peek-a-boo until she falls asleep. She really has brought a lot of joy into my life and has quite the personality - not nippy at all. CFULLER
Hello, my boys name is Chico and he is a Severe for sure. My wife and I love him so and he gets so excited to see us when we get home. He sits with me and we talk and he listens. He is also fearful sometimes, but he is also forgiving and has yet to bite us hard. He hates everyone else so it seems, even his former owner. But we are very happy with him and pray he is with us always. Also, I too have lost birds. Our first Severe from a birth defect we did not know he had, and a Sun Conure who ate a hole in our 4th floor screened in porch. We pray she(her name was Maya) is well and that she has peace. Our prayers to all and may all your birds be well and healthy.
Rich and Emerald