Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Jul 31, 2013
I don't own Sam- He belongs to my father but I have a close relationship with this beautiful bird.
Macaws aren't cheap to own. They cost a great deal to purchase and they require a lot of upkeep.
Macaws are intelligent creatures. They deserve and require a great deal of love, respect and attention. They will act wild if you don't interact with them on a daily basis. You should not buy a Macaw if you plan to keep it in a cage all of the time. They are social creatures-- let them hang out with the family, talk to them regularly and always handle with care.
Their beaks are insanely strong! They can crush the hardest nut with hardly an issue! Younger birds like to nibble on clothing and exposed buttons. You should teach them not to do this because they can tear and ruin clothing easily if you don't pay attention to what they are up to.
A lot of people think it's cool to keep their parrot on their shoulder-- but that's really not a great idea. They might nibble on your ear and hurt you by accident. It's better if you keep the parrot on your arm and below your head while you hold them.
Macaws are extraordinary creatures. They can learn how to mimic and they often understand the context of what they are saying. Sam likes to say "Hello and Good Morning" when he sees me early in the day. He'll also say... "Time to go to work, Good bye!" As I walk out the door.
He knows that I am "Sarah" and that he is "Sam". He calls for me when he wants special attention. He has even learned how to laugh. He mimics my father's laughter and often laughs when it is appropriate to do so.
Macaws aren't for everyone. You should really weigh everything out and make sure you are committed to having one in your life. They often live longer than we do-- so make sure there's someone in the family that can take of your bird when you are unable to. They are a delight to be around when properly kept.