Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Aug 19, 2013
Blue and Gold Macaws are sought after for their striking plumage and their high intelligence. While they are highly affectionate and can be trained to do a good many tricks, these large birds require an extensive area to fly, and regular exercise. WIthout it they become drab and will pluck their feathers due to stress.
Ours came to us in frightful shape after being left in a cage too small to spread his wings. For the first two months he walked, rather than flew, until his wings were again strong enough to support him. It took more than a year before we were able to earn his trust and handle him safely. Eventually, we placed him with an experienced breeder who had an outside dog run built specifically for this species. Due to his early neglect, he was not a good candidate for a family pet, but made an excellent breeder and is living quite happily in California.
These birds are wonderful, loving pets, but not well suited for someone without extensive experience with bird care and aviculture.