The Illiger’s Macaw, or more commonly known as the Blue-winged Macaw, is solid dark green with hues of blue that accent the parrot’s plumage. These Mini Macaws look like smaller versions of their larger cousins, the Military Macaws. These pristine parrots look so much like their larger macaw cousins that they are sometimes mistaken
These blue-winged parrots have long tails that account for much of their size. Their large tails makeup half of the macaw’s size and extend outward about seven to eight inches. Their tails have dark colors of maroon, lime, and are tipped with blue. When in flight, the bottoms of the feathers are exposed and canary-yellow feathers can be seen.
These smaller parrots have the typical macaw features with white skin and large beady eyes. The eyes are amber in color giving this bird a most striking appearance. The pupil is black and can often be seen pinning when the parrot is excited or talks. The head has a bright tuft of orange-reddish feathering and the belly of the parrot has red as well.
The beaks are black and large in comparison to most parrots their size. Their feet are light beige with black nails, which also makes them stand out. These parrots weigh between 260 to 280 grams. The females tend to get a bit heavier when producing eggs.
An Illiger’s Macaws can make a wonderful pet if handfed and well socialized as they bond strongly to their owners. If neglected or placed away from family household members, they can quickly develop physiological disorders. An owner who has purchased a baby should ensure their bird is well socialized and can cope with being alone while at work. While away, an owner should insure that there are sufficient things to keep the bird from becoming bored.
These parrots will gladly sit upon an owner’s shoulder. A good time to put the bird on your shoulder is when you are doing daily chores or tasks such as paying bills or working on the computer. This bonding time seems to delight the birds and they then become inquisitive. Most will watch their owners work, but many will climb down their owner’s shoulders to investigate and see how they can entice you to play.
When the bird starts to mature, many might become nippy, but it is important the owner not focus on this. If the macaw should bite, the owner can remove their hand back or distract the bird with a toy. Eventually, this nippiness will fade. It is advised the owner never yell, make direct eye contact, or scold the bird as this only draws attention to getting bitten. Drawing attention to this behavior only enforces the bird to continue. If the bird is too nippy for a handling session, the owner should place the bird back into its cage as this will give the birds plenty of time to cool down. It will then learn that this is not acceptable behavior.