Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 12, 2013
Hawkeye was actually my ex husbands bird. He had had her for many years previous to our marriage. The bird had already bonded with him long before I came into the picture. When we got married, she showed extreme signs of jealously and aggression toward me, especially when he was home because she was used to getting all the attention. I read books and learned what I could from my ex, but as long as he was
home, I could not get near her cage. He had taught her to whistle certain tunes and ask for food.
While he was away at work, I managed to teach her to step up onto my hand, but when I tried to show off my training after he got home, she would try to bite me. I finally got her to step up onto a stick while my ex was home, which was a LOT of progress for her. Needless to say, if you are planning to get a bird like this, you should get one
as a couple or as a family and when the bird is very young, so it can bond to the
whole family instead of just one. I do not recommend this bird as a pet for anyone that is not an adult because their beaks are able to break a broomstick in half. Also, you should be prepared to care for a Macaw for many years as their lifespan is that of a human.