Animal Stories - Severe Macaw

Animal-World Information about: Severe Macaw

   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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Angie - 2010-08-12
We just got a male Severe Macaw that we are still hand feeding, and I am just a little confused to what can I feed him. Also I would like tips about how can I teach him to talk. He does get nippy with my kids and @ times w/me but he seems to be catching and understanding what NO means. I have a green cheek conure but they don't get along. Please if anybody has any tips please tell me soon.

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  • Denise Carlin - 2011-01-07
    Hi Angie,
    When I got my severe, he loved to be hand fed and wasn't really interested in eating other food until one day when I was holding him and eating a banana. I offered him some and he loved it. He then began to eat more things. He loves "people" food. Yes, really work with him and the biting as that beak is lethal. I just kept working with my bird and now he talks a lot. Good luck, Denise
Eddie - 2010-07-03
If anyone can help I would sure appreciate it. I just adopted a male severe macaw who is 4 years old. He was with a family that broke apart and the woman couldn't keep him anymore. I have had cockatiels for years and was actually a breeder in Florida, so I thought nothing of taking on "Hank". I was a little wrong! I quickly learned what he likes to eat...check. He screams and I don't know why....uncheck. He refuses to let me pet him, hold him, climb onto my arm. I try and coax him with treats but I can't get this bird to trust me. She said he talks but all he says now is "OK". Is this just a transition period? Is there anything I can do to help the process along? I'm lost with Hank! You may email me if you want at

Joe Long - 2010-04-12
Well we just got our Macaw, his name is Stanley, we believe he is 5 years from what we have been told when we adopted him from his previous owners, they barely took him out of his cage and from what we can tell argued and cussed around him a lot cause our stanley cusses and is very shy, and bites a bit.... but he is coming around. We have had him for about 3 months now and it is taking a lot lot of time and TLC, but we think he is worth it.....
when he talks it's very clear and he has my Wife and kids trained very well it seems, he is taking to my wife as she is mostly around him which is a good thing cause he is Her bird, and Stanley gives my wife someone to argue with besides me hehehehehehehe.

Anita - 2010-03-10
My husband and I adopted a 4 year old Severe from a pet store 1 1/2 years ago. We were told it's a girl but she says,"Hi Bubba" all the time. We renamed her Bella and she can talk very well but she refuses to say Bella. I initially thought we made a big mistake and never in a million years did I think we would own a Macaw. She would run to the back of the cage away from me and wanted nothing to do with us. She was very nippy and un- predictable. She is now the love of my life and the sunshine of my day. We also have an African Cape that I adore and raised from age 4 months but the personality and affection of a Severe tops it all. She went from running scared to never leaving me alone. She will march through the house looking for us with her sister (our Cape named Gabby) behind her. I can now wrap my arm around her to hug and kiss her and she loves it and just melts. She throws herself on her back while laying in my arms to play. It took about 9 months to gain her trust by taking it a step at a time and now she loves all of us. We were told she was raised by a male so she favored my husband at first but now she loves my daughter and I'm her favorite. Love and time made our Bella the love of my life and our lives.

Mark - 2010-02-28
I have a two year old Severe named Jade and I absolutely adore her. She is very sweet and cuddly. She can be a little nippy at times and has drawn blood, but with minimal training I have gotten her out of it. She loves to be on my shoulder and will groom me and she loves to clean my ears for some reason, LOL. She is a really great talker, and loves to whistle as well. She says a lot of things including; Hello, Pretty Girl, Good boy: talking about the dog, and many more things. I would recommend this breed of bird to anyone who is looking.

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  • Debbie - 2010-03-06
    Hi Mark... I just got a Severe Macaw, she is about 4-5 yrs old and we are working with her.. She was suppose to be a hand fed baby but with the previous owners had her in with other parrots and now we are trying to get her back to be that tame baby. We see she can be nippy at times but you said you got her out of that stage.. Do you have any hints? Several years ago I had a Goffin Cockatoo and there is a big difference in learning to deal with these parrots verses them. Look forward to hearing from you. Debbie
COLLEEN HOWARD - 2009-08-07
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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  • Lauren - 2010-05-19
    So your blue and gold gets along with Lucy? Are they in the same cage?
Deanna - 2008-12-20
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.

Anonymous - 2008-11-22
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

Christian - 2008-07-07
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.

Tiffany - 2008-03-26
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.