Military Macaw

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Military Macaw Parrots are native to Central America and South America. Their range generally extends from Mexico to Argentina. Unlike other parrots, military macaws tend to prefer arid lands over tropical rainforests. You can also find them in dry forests and in trees near the water. However, some of the South American flocks live in humid, lowland forests as well as canyons and foothills. Buy Military Macaw Parrots

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Besides being chatty and social, military macaws are large parrots that have a reputation for being pleasant, even-tempered pet birds. Ideally, if it is hand-fed from birth, it can form a strong bond with its owners. These curious birds look forward to interacting with its human “flock.”

Species Overview

COMMON NAMES: Military macaw, Bolivian military macaw, Mexican military macaw

SCIENTIFIC NAMEAra militaris

ADULT SIZE: 30 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers, wingspans of over 40 inches, and weighs about 2 pounds

LIFE EXPECTANCY: Averages 50 years

There are two subspecies of this macaw: the Mexican military macaw and the Bolivian military macaw. The Mexican military macaw (Ara militaris mexicana) is the largest; it primarily inhabits Mexico. The Bolivian military macaw (Ara militaris boliviana) has a range that extends from Bolivia to northern Argentina.

This bird is a protected species; it is considered vulnerable for extinction. Though the overall population exceeds 10,000, habitat loss and trapping for the pet trade have made some regional populations endangered. Buy Military Macaw Parrots UK

Historically, the military macaw has been on record since the 1500s when Europeans first came to the new world. Its name derives from the military personnel who brought them back to Europe. It also alludes to their olive green coloring that resembles “military green.”

Temperament

The military macaw is an easily tamed, good-natured bird. In the wild, they are rarely alone, living in pairs or flocks of 10 to 20 birds. In captivity, It is not unusual for this bird to prefer one person or even one gender. It is essential to introduce it to a variety of people, so it remains friendly in all social situations. Military Macaw Parrots

While they aren’t known for being especially affectionate, military macaws that have been appropriately handled and socialized might enjoy some cuddling and petting.

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These birds can get cranky at times. Macaws can get nippy if they’re not happy or well trained. Many owners find that their bird’s mood often reflects their own

They can act like a “watch bird,” letting you know when something’s not right around the house. For instance, they might call out to let you know when a stranger is at the door. Military macaws like routines. It can usually anticipate when you are expected home and when it’s dinner time.

A gregarious and intelligent parrot, military macaws are a popular choice for bird shows. Training them is relatively easy with treats, and they love to learn tricks. Some even become potty trained to only go in their cage

Speech and Vocalizations

Though this bird is not naturally as good a talker as other parrots, you can train it to be talkative and it can learn a handful of words and phrases.

Like all macaws, these birds will rise with the sun each morning, and they scream to let you know they are up. This alarming call happens again in the evening when readying for bedtime. While they’re generally considered one of the quieter macaws, they can screech and have a distinct croak. This noise level is usually not suitable for apartment or condominium living.

Military Macaw Colors and Markings

Military macaws are mainly green with more bright lime green on the head that progresses into darker and olive greens on the body. They have brilliant blue edging on their wings and a bright red tuft on their foreheads. Their tail feathers include browns and reds with a yellow-olive tint underneath.

These birds have bold black beaks and dark gray legs and feet. Their eyes are framed by the classic bare macaw facial patches, each with concentric rings of small black feathers.

This is a monomorphic species, meaning males and females look alike. DNA or surgical sexing are the only ways to determine whether the bird is male or female.

Caring for a Military Macaw

In captivity, a parrot’s owner becomes the bird’s flockmate. This bird is not a pet that you can buy and ignore; these birds need interaction and mental stimulation. If you don’t oblige them, you will pay the price in wrecked property, bitten fingers, and frustration.

The cage itself needs to be large—at least 2.5-feet by 3-feet wide and 5-feet tall. If you can, create a dedicated bird-safe room. Be sure to include a large perch inside the cage and have a play stand for time outside its home. The military macaw may become territorial with its cage; limit putting your hands in the cage while the bird is inside it.

You will need to clean the bird’s cage on a regular schedule. Clean the perches and toys once a week, wash the floor of the cage once a month, and thoroughly sanitize the rest of the cage once a year.

Consider the costs of owning one of these parrots before rushing out to get one. Veterinary bills, quality feedtoys, and cages add up. If you can’t give your bird the best of everything, consider holding off on adopting one until you can.

Common Health Problems

Macaws may be long-lived birds, but, like all parrots, they are prone to a viral infection called macaw wasting syndrome and overgrown beaks.3 Like other pet parrots, military macaws may resort to self-mutilation by feather plucking if they feel neglected or bored.

Diet and Nutrition

In the wild, military macaws feast on seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Pet military macaws should eat a similar diet made up of a high-quality seed or pellet mix and fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.

Macaw owners often find that their bird likes to join them for dinner. You can feed them nutritious “people food” on occasion, including small amounts of protein like chicken. If it’s healthy, natural, and generally considered “good for you,” it should be good for your bird as well. The exceptions are avocado, chocolate, and rhubarb, which are toxic to birds.

Exercise

In the wild, military macaws fly several hundred miles a day. In captivity, regular exercise is essential. Owners should make sure that their pets are allowed a minimum of 2 to 4 hours of playtime outside of their cages every day. This activity time gives the birds a way of stretching their wings, exercising their beaks, and will provide mental stimulation as a bonus.

Military birds are active, so occupy their time with tasks and activities. Bird-safe toys are a must. One of their favorite activities is chewing, so wood will be your go-to, even if it’s just tree branches. This bird will also appreciate swings, ropes, link chains, and bells.

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