Macaws are some of the most intelligent and beautifully colored parrots and are the largest companion bird species. Large macaws include blue and golds, scarlets, green-wings and hyacinths; miniature macaws include yellow-collareds severes and nobles.
Macaws require a great deal of attention and living space. Blue and gold nacaws have a mischievous nature and are the most family-oriented macaw species, even though they may be nervous around strangers. Although scarlet macaws tend to bond with an individual person, they can be untrustworthy and nippy with anyone. Green-winged macaws are less intimidating and calmer but can be very loud. Macaws have limited ability to mimic words. Their vocalizations are expressed primarily as loud shrieks and squawks, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Macaws are playful and love to chew, but they can be very destructive.
Behavior abnormalities are common. Imprinted hand-raised babies may scream for attention and frequently become feather pickers. Social regurgitation to family members may be pronounced. This often escalates to feather picking. These reasons are the basis for not recommending big macaws as pets to anyone. Macaws are commonly filling up rescue shelters for unwanted birds. Macaws fed Harrison’s are usually problem free, living a maximum life expectancy. Commonly reported problems in the veterinary literature, such as reproductive and feather problems in adults or digestive disorders, bacterial, fungal, bone and beak problems in chicks, are usually not seen in macaws fed Harrison’s.