Miss Scarlet

Scarlet Macaw

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Female



Friendly with owner


Friendly with family






Song-vocal quality


Mimics sounds-words




Easy to feed


Easy to clean and maintain habitat


Miss Scarlet - The Scarlet Macaw


United States

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Miss Scarlet came to us in 2010 as a baby, just weaned. Even at ten months she was full-grown and beautiful, the consummate cuddler. She loved any kind of attention and would do most anything for a head scratch or shoulder ride. Now five years have gone by and we consider ourselves pretty lucky that, for the most part, Miss Scarlet is still the same bird she was as a baby.

You see, what the pet stores usually don't tell you is that when a parrot reaches puberty, hormones and instincts arise and many birds become quite unpredictable and sometimes even aggressive. The level of care and attention given prior to adulthood can mitigate the degree to which these new behaviors exhibit, but people need to remember that birds have not been domesticated for a thousand years like cats and dogs... you just never know what you're going to get.

Miss Scarlet says a bunch of words and phrases and spends her days clowning around and playing with our other macaws. She can really be a riot. But she also loves to bite -- usually more out of fun than anger or aggression. She almost never breaks the skin, but she can.. and that's a point a new Scarlet Macaw owner should keep well in mind. The jaws of a Scarlet are incredibly powerful... believe me when I tell you that you never want to find out what they are capable of! But given all that, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't change a thing about Miss Scarlet. She's as much a part of my family as my own children.

If you're thinking of buying a Scarlet macaw, my best advice is to do your homework. Find out everything you can about the breed and give some serious thought to whether this kind of bird is right for you. Whatever you do, don't buy a Scarlet macaw on a whim! Too many times when this happens the bird ends up bouncing from home to home or into over-crowded rescues. Remember Scarlet macaws can live more than fifty years and they are extremely intelligent. Being uprooted time and again is definitely not good for their psychological well-being.

As a matter of fact, if you really want a Scarlet macaw, consider checking out your local shelter. A reputable rescue will tell you all about the birds they have and will let you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. If you do your homework, you'll find an amazing addition to your family and you'll also draw down on the staggering number of abused, neglected and otherwise unwanted parrots!

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