Acquired: Pet store
Vermont, United States
Posted Mar 17, 2014
My husband wanted a bird. Every time he would go into the pet store, Charlie would be sitting on the cashier's shoulder. Attracted to Charlie's bold bright colors, my husband saved up enough to purchase him. Catalina macaws are very expensive. Charlie cost more than a used car. Catalina Macaws are huge birds and need large cages. The bigger the cage, the more expensive it is. Then, you have to buy a lot of toys to keep them busy and happy. These birds eat a special blend of food, which also costs a lot. Vet care is also an absolute must. Macaws live a very long time, so plan to have one for as long as you live.
Charlie is a very high strung bird and very social. If he is in his cage, he doesn't like it and throws a fit. He will shriek, almost scream, and will not shut up. He is very loud. He has to be out with people. The down side of this is the mess. Bird droppings are likely to appear anywhere. They are not easy to clean up and can stain. Charlie prefers my husband, but will hang around with me or our children if my husband is not home. This is usually okay. However, Charlie doesn't like some of our other pets and must be put into another room if they are around. I would not advise anyone to get a catalina macaw for several reasons.
1. The cost. These are by far the most expensive pet I have come across.
2. They are beyond time consuming. Charlie has to be with someone all the time or he is not happy. If someone will not be home with your bird most of the time, rethink getting one. Be sure and ask if the bird could go to work with you before getting one as a pet because this will probably be necessary. If you travel a lot, rethink having a macaw. These birds do not travel well and are not happy when left with bird sitters.
3. Very high strung. Think two year old temper tantrums only worse. If these birds do not get what they want, they will be very loud and obnoxious and may even bite.