All Severe macaws are hand-fed and hand-raised from the moment they hatch. Severe macaws are also known as Chestnut-fronted macaw.
The severe macaw is mostly green in color with patches of red and blue on the wings. The head has a brown chestnut patch just above the beak. The beak is black, and the patches around the eyes are white with lines of small black feathers. It is the only one of the miniature macaws with lines of feathers in the bare patches around its eyes.
This Severe Chestnut Fronted Macaw for sale (Ara Severus), also known as a Severe Macaw, is stunning and will make a fascinating companion pet bird.
Lifespan: If a Severe Macaw is cared for properly and fed various healthy foods, it can live to a rightful age of 45 or 50 years.
Behavior: Personality-wise, these birds are fantastic. They still make excellent pets if handfed and well socialized at a young age. They are inquisitive creatures, so they need much mental stimulation to remain happy and healthy. These birds should be given puzzles, games, toys and interacted daily to ensure they do not become bored. An owner looking to purchase a Severe Macaw should plan on integrating the bird into their life to ensure all emotional and cognitive needs are achieved. These birds do enjoy being petted alongside the back of their necks, along with their beaks, or around their eyes. These birds are perfectly content, sitting on their owners’ shoulders while they do chores or even being placed on a bird stand with the owner nearby.
Care: A right cage will allow the macaw to move about without any part of its body, tail included, touching the cage bars. When the parrot flaps its wings, they too should not touch the walls of the cage. Though these parrots might seem small compared to their larger macaw cousins, they are very active and need ample room to feel happy and healthy. The cage should be powder coated or made of stainless steel. Cages that are galvanized or have bars that contain zinc should never be used as this is toxic for the bird. The bars should not be spaced more than an inch apart to ensure the parrot’s head does not become stuck.
Noise Level: Moderate – The more time you are able to spend with your macaw, the more toy variety of toys and games you provide, to prevent boredom, the less likely your macaw will scream at all! Though these parrots may be loud, generally, they are the best talking of all macaws. A Severe Macaw can talk with clarity, and most do large pickup vocabularies. They have high pitched voices that are delightful to hear. It should be said that buying a parrot for its talking ability is not the best thing to do. Some parrots may never learn to talk, and an owner may be disappointed. Instead, he chose the bird for its loveable and pleasing personality, and if he begins to talk, then it’s a plus.
Diet: Occasionally, macaws should be given palm nuts as their beaks are designed to eat the outer fleshy parts. These nuts contain oils and enzymes the birds require. A base diet of pellets and seeds should also be given, but it is important they be rotated, so the macaw does not just develop a taste for these, or worse yet, totally hate them. They also need to be fed fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
Fruits such as oranges, kiwis, mangos, apples, grapes, peaches, and plums are great for the bird. Many of these fruits can be cut up into squares and presented like a kabob to the macaw as it will enjoy playing with the fruit and sampling all the flavors. Most parrots usually enjoy squash, pumpkin, corn, carrots, kale, spinach, and celery. These vegetables can be cut during dinner and placed into the refrigerator for later feedings. In this way, you don’t have to go out of your way just to cut fruit for your parrot, saving time. Other healthful items are beans and legumes; although, beans and legumes should always be cooked before feeding them to your bird.