buffon macaw

The Buffon's Macaw, often mistaken for the more commonly available Military Macaw, has been quite a rarity... and as such it commands a high price!


Highly endangered birds, the Buffon's Macaw (also known as the Great Green or Grand Military Macaw) are extremely rare in the wild. Though this macaw has been quite scare they have proven to be good breeders in captivity. Today the Buffon's Macaw is not only becoming more available, but a few captive bred birds have also been re-introduced into the wild in some areas of its native habitation.


As a pet the Buffon's Macaw is quite docile and affectionate. Even breeding pairs have been known to be friendly. Like all macaws they are also quite intelligent and inquisitive. They are considered to be fair talkers and are excellent at learning tricks. These birds are very social and make wonderful pets. They also make a great aviary bird as they enjoy the company of a flock. In the wild they are seldom seen alone.

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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


For a private appointment contact Carole and Rob Court.



Milkwood Aviaries

224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario


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