Animal Stories - Starlight Macaw


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   This Starlight Macaw must surely know how attractive it is, raising its wings to show off its beautiful colors!
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Lyle Krueger II - 2014-10-03
I have a Boliviana Military Macaw and he has a bad tendency to bite me. He has yet to bite anybody else, but bites me when he gets upset or startled. Sometimes he bites me because he is excited and I have to pick him up, I put my arm near his legs and he bites my arm. This happened a week ago when I took him to our groomer and when the groomer came out Paco got really excited, saying hello, whistling, and dancing. He really likes the guy we go to for grooming. Once he bit my lower lip when a visitors son walked under Paco and hit the tail with his head. Paco freaked, bit my lip and got his upper beak stuck in my lower lip. This led to me having to go to the ER to get stitches. I would really like to know some techniques that will help change this sort of behavior. He is still young. He will be 9 years old in December. I have had him since he was 6 years and one month. In that time he has bitten me at least two dozen times. Most bird owners I know would not tolerate this and would have gotten rid of him long ago. My wife does not like the fact that he bites and will not go anywhere near him. She is also fearful now that we have a new baby in the house. I'm completely open to suggestions and any advice or alternatives will be taken into serious consideration. I hope to find one that works. Find me on Facebook and send me a message. Thank you for taking your time to read this. Sincerely, Retired Gulf War era/Iraq War veteran Lyle Krueger II

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    He sounds like he's a great bird in general, but is resopnding to certain triggers by biting you. The biting seems to occur as the result of fear  or being unable to respond to stimuli in a better way, so here's a couple suggestions to try. Avoid things that trigger biting as much as possible. When he does bite,  push your hand towards him and then put him in his cage and leave the room. Don't show any other response. When he's not biting, be very affectionate to set the perferred tone of the relationship. You can also try the BirdTricks training videos for this macaw, Training A Military Macaw, we've heard great reports about their bird training over the years.
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Cat - 2012-06-22
I own 7 Macaws and find that the hybrid-hybrids are the friendliest. My Rubalina and Starlight show more affection than any of the rest. I own a Green-Wing, Scarlet, Blue&Gold, and 2 Calicos. I love them all, and their different personalities. Each bird is special, but the Rubalina and Starlight are much more friendly and playful with me.

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Anonymous - 2012-07-31
awesome

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Tania Davis - 2012-01-17
Having been owned by a Harlequin macaww, I must say they are beautiful! The behavior is typical macaww, you must try and change it young as when they get older it becomes a problem since they really never leave the "toddler" stage. Enjoy a long and healthy life. BTW mine would pinch bite and when you said oww she laugh at you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    I stopped mine from pinch biting. Scarlets actually. I would put my thumb in their beak when they went to pinch bite and do a figure 8 with their head. Took about a week but instead of pinch biting they would twist their head into a figure eight and go back and forth. It worked and it was humorous. Just a thought.
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Jeff - 2011-09-12
I have a scarlet macaw that will let you hold him but will start pinching you and twisting and I don't no what to do to brake this.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-12
    Don't know if this will help but it worked for me. I had 2 Scarlets and raised them from babies and they both would pinch bite. I was told that it is typical for scarlets. Not a bad hurt but if they didn't have my full attention 1000% focused on them - then they would pinch bite. I didn't like it and decided to replace (change) the behavior. They would go to pinch bite and I grabbed their beak with my thumb in between upper and lower beak and would go "no hurt a mama" sorta with a beat. It honestly got to the point where every time they went to pinch bite they would do the figure eight and sorta dance. They actaully stopped pinch biting. They would do the figure 8 and I would pet them and say good or whatever or give them a kiss. One actually would say "No hurt a mama" So I replaced the behavior with a behavior that was acceptable to me. Have no idea if this is OK - just know it worked for me. Good luck - replace a behavior -
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anonymous macaw lover - 2011-07-18
I love her, enjoy her. She's beautiful:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    It seems most of the hybrids are gorgeous and I thought many of them seem to have a more even disposition. I love macaws.
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Mike - 2011-04-03
Where the author said "Harligold"; I think they meant "Starlight". I believe the author meant to say that a Starlight Macaw comes from the union of a Miligold Macaw and a Scarlet Macaw.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-04
    Yes, the Starlight is a hybrid derived from the Scarlet and the Milligold. It is a beautiful bird and offers the much in the way of personality. Enjoy her.
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Anonymous - 2009-08-21
Beautiful bird.

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