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The military macaw for sale is an easily tamed, good-natured bird. In the wild, they are rarely alone, living in pairs or flocks of 10 to 20 birds. In captivity, It is not unusual for this bird to prefer one person or even one gender. It is essential to introduce it to a variety of people, so it remains friendly in all social situations.
While they aren’t known for being especially affectionate, military macaw for sale that have been appropriately handled and socialized might enjoy some cuddling and petting.
These birds can get cranky at times. Macaws can get nippy if they’re not happy or well trained. Many owners find that their bird’s mood often reflects their own.
They can act like a “watch bird,” letting you know when something’s not right around the house. For instance, they might call out to let you know when a stranger is at the door. Military macaws like routines. It can usually anticipate when you are expected home and when it’s dinner time.
A gregarious and intelligent parrot, military macaws are a popular choice for bird shows. Training them is relatively easy with treats, and they love to learn tricks. Some even become potty trained to only go in their cage.
Though this bird is not naturally as good a talker as other parrots, you can train it to be talkative and it can learn a handful of words and phrases.
Like all macaws, these birds will rise with the sun each morning, and they scream to let you know they are up. This alarming call happens again in the evening when readying for bedtime. While they’re generally considered one of the quieter macaws, they can screech and have a distinct croak. This noise level is usually not suitable for apartment or condominium living.
In captivity, a parrot’s owner becomes the bird’s flockmate. This bird is not a pet that you can buy and ignore; these birds need interaction and mental stimulation.2 If you don’t oblige them, you will pay the price in wrecked property, bitten fingers, and frustration.
The cage itself needs to be large—at least 2.5-feet by 3-feet wide and 5-feet tall. If you can, create a dedicated bird-safe room. Be sure to include a large perch inside the cage and have a play stand for time outside its home. The military macaw may become territorial with its cage; limit putting your hands in the cage while the bird is inside it.
You will need to clean the bird’s cage on a regular schedule. Clean the perches and toys once a week, wash the floor of the cage once a month, and thoroughly sanitise the rest of the cage once a year.
Consider the costs of owning one of these parrots before rushing out to get one. Veterinary bills, quality feed, toys, and bird cages add up. If you can’t give your bird the best of everything, consider holding off on adopting one until you can.
The military macaw (Ara militaris) is a large parrot and a medium-sized macaw that gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform.