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I hope you will enjoy getting to know these wonderful creatures as much as we here at Macaw Facts did enjoy writing about them. This web page is dedicated to bird owners or people who would like to or are considering of owning a pet Macaw.  Macaw Facts are fascinated about these birds and we thing they are quite an adventure to take on as pets.  We intend to help you down this path. Go on have a look around and then come back here and let us know what you think or maybe if there is anything you would like to know. We are here to help.

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We love birds. We love parrots. And most of all we love Macaws.

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15 things you need to have as a pet bird owner.

If you are really inspired by the birds out there and wish to have one as your pet then there are few things which you need to gear yourself up with before you welcome a pet bird to your home.

1Cage

You need to buy two cages; the primary cage is actually where your bird will spend most of its time and it should be wide and big enough for your bird to stretch and move around. A rectangular cage will help your bird feel more safe. The other cage will come in handy when you are taking your bird to the vet or cleaning your cage. The second one can be a lot smaller in size and more portable.

 

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Toys

Buy lots of toys made of wood, plastic, twisted paper and cardboard. There are lot of toys to choose from, this can be an overwhelming task at first. There are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure there are no lead or zinc, no chemicals that are bad for your bird, all the ropes and other climbing tools are 100% natural no synthetics. It is also important that the toys are not treated with any toxic chemical.

 

3Perches

Having different types of perches would be wonderful for your pet. Ensure they are wide enough so that the bird doesn’t overlap around them. A wooden ladder, a wooden branch perch, a rope perch and a swing would be great for your birds.

 

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Cleaning the Cage

 

As a pet bird owner you really wan to keep your pets cage or room clean. It would be handy to have some tools to keep it clean.  Mild Soap, a pair of gloves, brush and paper towel will do.

 
 
 

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Dishes

There are mainly two types of food and water dishes; bowl and the hopper. Hopper will squeeze in through the bars of a cage but it is best to be used for lesser intelligent birds like farm fowl. A metal or ceramic bowl is ideal for giving them food and water.

 

6Vinegar

Ammonia is dangerous for them to inhale and their droppings carry ammonia. Ensure you clean them before they inhale ammonia and fall sick. Always keep some plain white vinegar at home, you can dilute it with water in equal proportions and use it to clean the cage and toys.  This way you keep your bird safe from falling sick.

7Bird Bath

Bird-baths are important for hygiene of your bird. Some of the macaws prefer to have a bath together with their owners. If this would be the case for you it would be good to make some sort of place for your bird to stand in the shower. Other pets prefer a bowl or a sink. It really depends on the parrot.

8Paper for Cage

Keep a lot of newspapers and paper towels available to spread it under their cages to catch the poop. Depending on your cage, there might be some specially made papers to fit your cage. Then again it is pretty easy to cover up the bottom of the cage with some old news papers or shredded paper.

9Pellet food

Pellet foods are essential and very healthy. They have a mixture of  fruits, seeds, grains, vegetables, proteins, fruits, minerals and vitamins.

10Calcium

Calcium is a must for the bird; cuttlebone and crushed egg shells are great source of calcium. It is suggested that you would first fry the egg shells before giving it to your pet bird. Also you can choose one of many option out there. We personally like the calcium cube, this way the parrot can have a go at it when ever they feel like it.

 

11Reward treats

As you will need to train your pet to do different things having a treat around is a very good idea. Food is a great motivation for your pet to do what you want them to do. Keep a stack of small treats of snacks to reward your bird while training them.

 

12Flight Harness

A flight harness comes in handy when you want to take a walk with your bird. This gives you the option to let your pet parrot free to fly around and in the same time you still have control over your parrot. This way you will avoid your untrained parrot to run away on your first outdoor activities together. Later on when you will have done enough training you will be able to let your pet fly around without the harness.

13First Aid

Yes your read it correct. This is mainly for your own and your family or friends sake. As a new pet parrot owner or even experience one, there is a chance that your new pet parrot might get aggressive toward you or your friends and family. They just might have a go at biting you. Keep a first aid box near by, just in case.  Not to worry there are simple steps you can take to keep your parrot from biting.

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Get a new set of cooking utensils. Non-stick or Teflon coated cookware emit odorless fumes on over heating which will kill any parrot in no time. This is a serious issue, can be solved by just keeping your pet in another room when cooking. But if you don’t want to take the risk, change your cookware. Teflon is also linked to be really dangerous for humans.

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Air fresheners, scented candles and oils are equally dangerous for the birds as they have sensitive respiratory system which cannot take these smell.

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10 Tips on How to Train Your Pet Parrot

If you are a parrot owner then you ought to know a few tips if you wish to have a trained parrot that can talk or perform some tricks. Training your parrot should be entertaining which both you and your bird should enjoy. This will help your bird to pick up the tricks easily.

Before you start reading this make sure you have all you need for your pet!

Here’s an article – 15 things you must have as a pet bird owner.

1keep it short

Keep your training sessions short, do not keep your session for more than 10 minutes. You can have the session twice or maybe three times in a day.



2you’ll need props

You will require props for your training. Keep the intended props to be used near the cage of the parrot so that they get used to it. They might even take liking to some, you may use them in your training session.

3no distractions

Look for a place which is free of any distractions. Ensure the cage is kept out of sight so you have the full attention of your parrot. Some birds could be insecure who have been re-homed and would want to get back to its cage.

4reward the bird

They love rewards and can easily be trained if you reward them either with small foods which could be finished easily or a pat or scratch or stroke on beak, anything that your parrot loves.

5routine is the key

Keep training your bird at the same time of the day, so your parrot looks forward to the routine.

6keep calm and proceed

Don’t get angry if your bird doesn’t perform properly. Praise it even if it is not perfect as it will boost your parrot’s confidence.

7keep it simple

Don’t use too complicated commands, basic behavioral commands will be picked up by the parrot easily.



8say no

Parrots could get aggressive and bite during the training sessions. Pushing away the bird or showing anger will not help. You can just say no by placing your palm in front of the parrot’s face or use a gesticulation to stop.

9no screaming – good bird

If your pet  parrot is screaming never go near it else it will get used to it and start screaming whenever it wants your attention

10they do what you do

Birds who are being taught to teach will repeat everything you say. Ensure that you do not use any foul language around your bird if you are teaching it to talk, else it will pick up immediately.

We hope that this have been of any help to our readers. Let us know what you think about these 10 tips in the comment section or on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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50 Facts You Need to Know About Macaw Parrot

Macaws are one of the favorite pets which people want to own. Their captivating plumage, acrobatic capers, avian charisma and sometimes inane personalities are unavoidable. They make incredibly wonderful fluffy companions. Keeping a macaw might not be quite easy as they require a lot of care and patience. Here are some 50 facts which you should know about macaws. It will help you in raising one as a pet.

1Macaws are the largest parrots among the 370 different species of parrots on earth.

2Macaws could weigh between 2 to 4 pounds or up to 2 kg.

3They are found in Central and South American forests. Theses days you can find a Macaw all around the world in houses as pets!

4They are diurnal which means they sleep during the night. And will wake you up with the first sun rays every single morning. As long as the room you keep your pet gets any sunlight. This can prove troublesome if you don’t organize well the your pet room.

5 This might come as a surprise.. They have brightly coloured plumes, often have colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

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They have powerful beaks which can crack into seeds and hard nuts. Or your fingers if you are not careful, don’t go petting a macaw parrot that you don’t know or if the owner isn’t around. They can bite really, really hard. They might not bite your finger off, but you will go for a visit to hospital.

7Their tongues are scaly and dry which have a bone within to tap fruits

8The toes of macaws are zygodactyl which means they are designed to have perfect grip to latch on to the fruits they eat and hang on to the branches. They do look pretty goofy when they try to walk on a flat surface, not their thing. Read More

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9Macaws can fly up to 15 miles everyday just to look for food. It has been observed in the wild that Macaws has quite a large are of scouting. They go on long morning flights to search for food. 

10They take just one mate for their entire life time. The romantic tape. In captivity the owner of the bird often is thought of by the bird as the mate. They get attached to the owner and can be quite jealous.

11They also share their food with their mates.

12They groom each other too if separated from their mates 

13There are around 17 species of macaws and most of them are endangered.
14The red-fronted macaws, blue-throated macaws and hyacinth macaws are the most endangered species of the macaws.

15Outside captivity the beautiful glaucus macaw is supposed to be extinct already.

16The largest macaw is hyacinth macaw which measures about three and half feet from beak to the tip of its tail. Their wings spread up to 4.6 feet or 1.4 meters.

17The smallest macaws are known as mini macaws which grow just 12 inches but share the same traits of any macaw.

18They could live up to 80 years.

19Harlequin macaw, camelot macaw and catalina macaw could be bred to have hybrids.

20A red-fronted macaw can fly at the speed of about 40 miles per hour.

21A few macaws have strong beaks which could crack a coconut shell.

22No two macaws have same feather pattern on their face. It is somewhat like human finger prints.

23The macaws of the Amazon region in the west eat clay from river beds. The thought is that it neutralizes the toxins of some plants which are good for them but scientists say that they eat clay to get the Vitamin B in it.

24They are omnivorous and their diet is fruits, nuts, seeds, small mammals, reptiles, eggs and some vegetation which are considered poisonous.

25They are quite social and are mostly seen in flocks of atleast 30.

26They use loud calls like screaming and squawking to communicate amongst themselves.

27A female macaw usually lays around 2 to  4 eggs.

28The female normally sits on her eggs to incubate them while the male gathers food for both of them.

29An egg of a macaw will hatch in 25 days and will fledge in about 105 days and a baby macaw leaves their parents after a year.

30A baby macaw is born without feathers and has closed eyes.

31Macaws have black or grey eyes when they are young and later change to brownish and then yellow when they get old.
32The scarlet macaw is the national bird of Honduras

33Even though they are hunted and entrapped but macaws are also respected and appear on one of the Brazilian bank notes.

34They love to chew and can chew up a lot of stuff in your house.

35The promote growth of forests as they keep dropping seeds they eat.

36Foods like cherries, avocado, caffeine, uncooked meat, shellfish and chocolates are dangerous for them.

37Soft clean branches and wooden toys are their favourites which they love to much on.

38When kept in captivity they seek a lot of attention from their owners

39They can get aggressive and scream with loud screechy noises just to draw attention.

40Macaws perform wonderful tricks if taught and can speak and mimic words and sounds.
41Macaws are intelligent and have the brain of a 4-8 year old kid and can even remember to unlatch their cage.

42They are emotionally developed just like a 2 year old and always want attention.

43If bored they will amuse themselves by hurling things from inside their cage. For instance pellets or beans.

44They are dominating and will constantly push you and think they are in charge. They have to be reminded by you about you being in charge of the place and not him/her.

45They are allergic to fumes from non-stick cookware and from air fresheners.

46 will get sick if their cage is not cleaned constantly as the ammonia released from their droppings are bad for them to inhale.

47Deforestation, pesticides sprayed on banana plantations and smuggling have killed most of them.

48They love to keep their beaks busy and if they are not given something to chew they will pluck their feathers off.

49If you have other small pets at home like mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and other birds the macaws could be dangerous for them. They need to be supervised if you wish you make them friendly. Do not leave them alone till you are absolutely sure about their bond.

50They should be given fresh water everyday and they should be given regular baths to keep their plumage and skin glowing and healthy. Use lukewarm water to bathe them. Their beaks should be trimmed if deformed and overgrown. There are many beak grooming items available in pet stores which will help them keep their beaks in shape.

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Body language in Macaw parrots.

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In order to have a successful relationship with a macaw you should cleverly understand its body language and behavior. These birds communicate through their actions, sounds and using these they tell us about their moods, whether they are happy or sad, hungry or sick, tired or playful, frightened or want to be held. It is important that the bird owners learn the ways of the parrots so they can understand and train them and strengthen the bond between them.

Let us try and understand some of the behaviors of the macaws which can be useful if you plan to keep this feathered beauty. If your bird displays the listed behaviors, try to learn what it is trying to tell you, and act accordingly.

Pinning or Dilating Pupils

If you see your parrots pupils are pinning in and out, you should know that they are excited, aggressive or maybe nervous. A new toy or good food might make your parrot excited; hence it exhibits its excitement. If you monitor its behavior closely you will understand the right mood; like in addition to the dilating of pupils if the bird is fanning its tail, then it is aggressive and ready to bite, you might considering leaving the bird alone else you might come in for a nasty bite.

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Flapping

Well! They are birds and they love to flap, flap and flap. It’s an exercise for them and shows that their bodies want more exercise or it wants your attention. You will often observe this behavior when they are taken out of their cages in the morning; they love to drum their wings and stretch their wings.

Preening and Fluffing

Macaws have beautiful feathers and they love to keep them shiny and healthy. They run their beaks from the base of the feathers to the top to clean, straighten and smoothen them.

Much like humans, who stretch before they start a new task the macaws have the habit of fluffing their feathers. These birds execute a quick feather ruffle so that they can let go tension. They will then fluff their feathers after preening in order to remove the dust particles. If you notice that your pet has fluffed for a long time then it might not be well. Consider seeing a doctor.

Attack Posture

Aggression could be unpleasant but it is normal for the macaws to be aggressive sometimes. In its natural habitat the bird would normally fly away from a situation where aggression comes in, but as a pet there’s no place for it to flee. Some of the aggressive postures that the bird will display could be fanning its tail, standing tall, swaying side to side while holding its crest tightly back, bending with its beak open, spitting and hissing, fluffing its back feathers and ready to swoop and bite.

Head Snaking

Their quest to grab attention of its owner may cause the macaw to glide its head from side to side like a snake. For the bird owners who are close to their pets, they will jerk their head and turn it in an angle making an attempt to look at you sideways; they will hold their head in the position till you respond in a similar manner. It is a game for them and love to do it over and over again.

Head snaking reflects your bird’s excitement as it bobs its head happily. It indicates that the bird wants to play with you. Make sure that you do not mistake a wound up bird as a happy one. While you may still see the head bobbing, the bird is probably going to lunge at you. Be careful and check if your bird is wound up for attack. When it lunges its beak at you just knock it off with a closed bent fist and then walk away from the macaw. It would have learnt its lesson.

Biting

Macaws love to explore, taste and try the flexibility of objects. The young macaws go through the teething stage and will want to chew on anything that it gets. They might want to bite your fingers but should be discouraged, try to give them wooden branches and wooden toys to bite. The older macaws use biting to show anger, anxiety or if they feel threatened.

Quivering

A shivering or quivering parrot shows that it is frightened of something, excited or nervous. Speak to your pet in an assuring tone to calm them down before you try to touch or hold them.

Regurgitating

It is common in the macaws that they regurgitate for their mates. It is a way of showing love and affection towards the one they love; it could be its human owner also. They bob their heads up and down to bring up food and deposit in their mate’s mouth.

Blushing

Some species of the Macaws blush. The Buffon’s macaw and the blue and gold macaws blush when they are excited and want mate.

The body language of your bird plays an important role when you are trying to understand it. Look for these behaviors to find out if your bird is excited or aggressive. The way in which different parts of their body react to something will tell you how happy or sad they are about it.

Read more:

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The natural habitat of macaws
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