Macaw for Sale
Macaw for Sale
Macaw for Sale,macaws are not a single species; instead, they are a group of 17 species within the true parrot Psittacidae family. Macaws are beautiful, exotic-looking birds with large beaks, bright feathers, long tails, and light or white facial patches. Most of these species are big, friendly, and extraordinarily noisy, although there are a handful of miniature species. They require a lot of space to live healthy, active lives. It is common to deed pet macaws in wills and end of life plans as these birds may outlive their owners, though disease and poor nutrition can shorten their lifespan.
The commonly kept companion macaw (for sale) species include the following, listed by common name: blue-and-gold macaw, green-winged macaw , Hahn’s macaw , hyacinth macaw , scarlet macaw , military macaw, and severe macaw. Some of these species have other common names. For example, the blue-and-gold macaw is sometimes called the blue-and-yellow macaw, and the military macaw is sometimes called the chestnut-fronted macaw.
Diet and Nutrition of a macaw
As pets, a formulated pelleted food should be the basis for your macaw parrots diet supplemented with a wide range of healthy vegetables and fresh fruits.
Pellets should comprise 40-50 percent of their food. Seeds and nuts should be no more than 10 percent of their diet (as they are too high in fat). The rest of the menu should consist of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The average healthy macaw parrot will consume approximately 10 to 15 percent of its body weight daily for reference, the larger scarlet macaw weighs about 2 pounds. These proportions translate to mean that the bird will eat about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of parrot mix and about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fruit and vegetables every day. You can feed it once in the morning upon waking and at dusk before it goes to sleep.
You can offer your macaws a small portion of whatever you are eating, as long as it does not include any chocolate, avocado, caffeine, salt, or sugar. These birds tend to like cooked pasta, applesauce, and cereal as treats.
Caring for a Macaw
Mini macaws can live in a cage sized for Amazon parrots (2 feet by 3 feet and 4 feet tall). Larger macaws will need a cage that is at least 3 feet by 4 feet and 5 feet tall. The cage must be strong enough to withstand the significant beak strength of macaws—a stainless steel or wrought iron cage is a good investment. You will also need to offer your bird a play gym or out-of-cage perch or play stand.
Provide a wide variety of wooden toys or plain, untreated chunks of wood for the bird to chew on a rotational basis.
Macaws can be messy and destructive, so provide heavy-duty toys to divert your bird away from your wooden furniture or other enticements around the house. You can even make your own macaw toys and utilize recyclable, yet safe, materials such as phone books and tissue boxes.
Personality & Behavior
Macaws are a force to be reckoned with. Everything about them is big, from their voices to their attitudes. Even the mini macaws are big — on the inside! Colorful and often raucous, they call attention to themselves even when quiet. Although, to the uninitiated, macaws seem formidable and may bluster and carry on, those who share their lives with these magnificent friends know that they contain surprisingly loving hearts and sensitive natures.
Macaws are playful and active, with big personalities to match their size. A well-cared-for macaw that receives proper nutrition, mental stimulation, enrichment, attention, and plenty of exercise space makes a one-of-a-kind, long-lived companion who is affectionate and loyal.
However, their size and personalities can make them difficult pets. Macaws who are not handled on a regular basis, have hormonal imbalances, drastic environmental changes, or a lack of mental stimulation can become aggressive, territorial, destructive, and problematic.
A Macaw cage must accommodate a very large parrot. Provide the largest bird cage possible. A macaw must be able to fully extend its wings without touching the sides of the cage. The largest macaw, the Hyacinth Macaw, has a wing span of 3 – 3 1/2 feet. Macaws must also be able to move freely between two perches or muscular dystrophy can occur which will render it unable to fly.
Macaw parrot Colors and Markings
There are several species of macaws in the wild, but the ones most commonly in the pet trade are large, colorful macaws. Scarlet, military, blue and gold, and hyacinth macaws are the common pet macaw species. Mini macaws are harder to find but include species such as Hahn’s, Illiger’s, and yellow-collared macaws.
There are so many color variations; macaw plumage seems to include every color of the rainbow. In addition to the 17 species, there are numerous colorful hybrids, including the rainbow macaw, more commonly known as the Catalina.
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