military macaw, parrot

Military Macaw

Military Macaw-- what a peculiar name for a bird, although it is quite fitting for these funny little characters. Their colors are definitely "army attire" as they sport little green coats and red frontal bands. They even have little brown scarves that they wear under their chins. Their character also fits their name as they are found to be somewhat like a grumpy, little old drill sergeant. Their bark is always worse than their bite and they are less likely to inflict painful bites than some of the other macaws.


Frequent showers seem to really make a difference in their overall appearance. Their faces blush a brilliant red when excited or annoyed, which seems to enhance their colors even more. Some believe that these macaws have taken a "backseat" to some of the other macaws in popularity because of a lack of color.


Most macaws enjoy a variety of foods and the Military is no exception. They seem to enjoy lots
of fruits, vegetables, nuts and, of course, mixed seed and incorporated pellets into their diet which helps them get the extra vitamins and minerals that they need.


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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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