Military Macaws are known for being even well-tempered birds that are very curious, and easily trainable.
Besides being chatty and social, military macaws are large parrots that have a reputation for being pleasant, even-tempered pet birds. Ideally, if it is hand-fed from birth, it can form a strong bond with its owners. These curious birds look forward to interacting with its human “flock.”
The Military Macaw is one of the smaller full-size macaws, and from beak to tail is between 27 to 30 inches. Military Macaws are mainly green with bright blue feathers on their wings, a bright red patch on their forehead, and tail feathers are a mix of red and blue. The underside of their wings and tail feathers are a bright yellow. Their beaks are black, and they have a white-skinned face with small black feathers in unique patterns for each bird. They do blush as people do on the whites of their face when extremely excited or stressed.
The military macaw 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 especially affectionate, military macaws 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 live 60 to 85 years, and some are even older due to modern healthy diets, exercise, and mental stimulation. Macaws are not a parrot for first-time bird owners, and a lot of thought and consideration should go into getting one for a companion bird.
Feeding & Care
Do not feed birds fruit seeds, avocados, chocolate, onions, apple seeds, uncooked beans, uncooked rice, alcohol, or caffeine as these can cause serious medical problems, and kill them.
A Military Macaw’s diet should consist of 70% pellets, 30% fresh fruit & veggies.
They need a lot of daily social interaction so they can bond with your “flock” both direct face to face, and indirect just being around the family.
They can be very destructive, which is why they need a variety of toys to keep them mentally stimulated, and from getting bored, which can lead to self-mutilation.
They need a variety of differently sized perches to help exercise and stretch their feet.