🦜The Largest Parrot

My favorite thing about macaws- I feel like they are soulful birds. Whether it is in a photo or in person, looking into their eyes you can sense a depth; and it feels like they can look straight into you, into your soul. Their plumage is striking, both in it’s colors and the length of their feathers – amazing, mesmerizing. Until they scream 📣 – yikes!
They are the ‘giant parrots,’ of the Psittaciformes, or parrot family. This makes them more poised, more like a person. My macaw wants to relate to me – sure, in some inappropriate ways… but also, he wants to be a part of the flock. He wants me to know that he is bonded with me (we’d say he ‘loves’ me). He wants to feed me!

💸 Cuanto? How Much Mula?

Of course, macaws are EXPENSIVE to buy and keep. I need to get mine a 🌳forrest to chew on… plus expensive nuts🌰! Their dietary requirements include nuts, like walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios – and it gets pricey. They are worth it, of course!
If you are considering a macaw, I think the things you want to consider are:

💩 Their cages need to be cleaned every day. They are the parrot-elephant poopers, meaning that their poops are significant. So, the grate at the bottom of the cage and the pan at the bottom need regular cleaning. With smaller birds you can get away with less frequent cleaning. With macaws you need to clean daily.

🌳 Toys – Macaws go through a walnut quickly. 🌰 crack!
So, you can imagine that a $50 toy lasts them a day, maybe two. These birds need their own budget! We buy raw wood to cut for them and place on their cage- It takes a little time, but it’s far less expensive. It’s not easy keeping up with their chewing needs, which are a need. Chewing wood keeps them happy, calm. It is a must.

🍎 Diet – Macaws require a higher-fat diet than most other parrots. They need to eat some nuts every day, like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts- and they require some fruits and vegetables daily, in addition to their pellets. You have to grocery shop, just for them!

❤️ Big, Feathered Love

Parrot-pets are often called fids – feathered kids. I don’t think they’ll want to borrow the car when they are teenagers, but they do require the time, care and attention that a young child would require. In return, you’ll have a true feathered companion who will be affectionate, talk a bit — as macaws do learn a some words when they are taught at a young age — and be a true part of your family.