Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 22, 2013
Some birds make great pets, and some should just be left alone in the wild. Macaws, in my opinion, fall into the latter category. True, they are amazing, intelligent animals. But caring for a macaw is like caring for a child that will never grow up. They require daily care. Not in that, “Dogs need daily care” type of regular attention, but in that, “My 4 year-old needs daily care” type. They are smart enough to know when they are not being treated how they would wish, and savvy enough to try and improve their situations without you. This can lead to destructive behavior, and neurotic birds. Also, if the parrot thinks you are the reason for its unhappiness, the macaws I have met do not hesitate to make you aware of their displeasure with a few really good bites. And trust me, that honker of a beak reminds you quick that this is no parakeet. If you are not willing to fully commit to this animal for life, better to choose a pet that is dumber and shorter lived. The amazing macaw should be reserved for only the most dedicated keepers.