Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posted Nov 23, 2014
The only experience I have had with the Blue & Gold Macaw was truly fulfilling.
My bird Cookie was extremely sweet, and was very affectionate towards our family members.
After several months, she became very attached to the other macaw we had, and they became inseparable.
Because of this, her desire and tolerability of giving and receiving affection from our family members became less and less, and after a while she only really wanted to interact with the other bird.
The biggest issue we had with her was the fact that she would sometimes bite our family members if we tried to remove her from her cage, which sometimes became very difficult during cleaning and feeding sessions.
Because she was a bigger species of bird, the amount of cleaning and habitat maintenance required to care for her was much more challenging and expensive.
Both of our macaws were quite messy, and were destructive in terms of the amount of toys they went through in a small amount of time.
Cookie required a great deal of toys that were big and sturdy enough to provide extended amounts of entertainment, and even then she could easily use it through in a week at most.
However, she was extremely beautiful and overall very sweet, and she had amazing vocal abilities, and was able to say very clear words, phrases, and even whistled segments of several tunes.
I would recommend this breed for someone with an extended amount of space for the habitat and spacial needs of this bird, and for someone who has enough time and patience to deal with the emotional and intellectual complexities of this larger, more intelligent parrot breed.