severe macaw, parrot

severe macaws

The most commonly seen and the largest of the minis is the severe macaw. Although it is about 18 inches long, almost half of this length is in its tail. Severes have a bit of red along the edge of their wings and a small band of chestnut brown feathers on the front of their foreheads. This gives their popular name that is more commonly used in Europe, chestnut-fronted macaw. They are also the only mini macaw that has the distinctive lines of feathers on their otherwise bare facial areas, a trait shared by most of the larger macaws.


The range extends from the isthmus of Panama south through South America to northern Bolivia and Brazil. The Severe macaws is a quick-learners, and entertaining birds. The severe macaw is sometimes the choice of macaws lovers that do not have the room for one of the full size macaws.

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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.


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224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario


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