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Charles Blase - 2012-10-23
I got a military macaw named Tupac (we didn't name him) and he was rescued by animal control from his cruel owners. He was given to my aunt who gave him to me because I have expereince with birds (having a moluccan macaw and had a green conure) but I'm having problems with him. He only likes me which would be fine IF I wasnt in high school. I don't have the time I wish I had to dedicate to getting him out of the cage more often then he does. But I'm the only one who can hold, pet, feed, or water him. He will attack anyone else who trys to touch him and anyone else who feeds him he dumps the food and water out. Anyone know how to fix this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    Militaries can be just a wee bit stubborn but I wouldn't give up or lose hope cuz they usually come around.  First I'd fix the food and water bowels so he can't throw them cuz that's a pain and a mess.  You can usually drill a hole through the very top of the bowel and use a u-bolt or screw botl to bolt the cups down.  Have others start by just talkling to him or giving him a small treat from their plate whether a piece of chicken, a peanut, cracker, piece of pizza - you will find out his favorites.  For some reason (and possibly a great one) he has bonded with you and it would be nice if he would with the rest of the family.  I would want him to at least come out and sit on a perch around the family and that is a good place to start.  Might take awhile but I think he will learn to accept 'his position' in the family.  By the way  I named my Military Sargeant Barker cuz he had to be the boss - but he came around.
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    Perhaps if you can get a flight suit you can get him out more to meet people. (Men and women). If you have people in mind to babysit, have these people just come in, sit next to the cage for a short period of time and talk to him (or read a book out loud). They really do respond to voice. After a session have that person give a little treat and walk away. (Bird stays in the cage). Every session most likely will not go smoothly, but keep being consistant. Your bird store or pet shop might know of a 'bird sitter' that will be able to help out as well.
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Owned by a Military - 2008-11-19
We have a 4 year old Military Macaw. She is very outgoing, clowny and silly. She loves making me laugh. When I start laughing, she'll do a whispery laugh. True to their reputation, Militaries can very much be nippy, but ours was raised with boundaries and she's very respectful with her beak. They are not a bird for everyone. Her call is more shrill than our Blue and Gold's, so be prepared for that. She's an okay talker. We're still working on reinforcing her existing vocabulary.

I happen to LOVE the Military. The few I have known are very active and need lots of toys to keep that beak out of trouble! They also like to hang upsidedown in their cages like bats. They are a riot. We love our girl.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-24
    Wow he's beautiful ok now I want 1.
  • sharie - 2011-02-12
    Hi I just got a 4 year old military macaw and she won't talk or let me by her what can I do I want to love her? Help me what do I do to get her to like me?
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    That's my problem I can't pick mine up either I need help too.
  • Lyle Krueger II - 2014-10-07
    My military is a Boliviana Military. He is going to be nine years old in December. I received him from a good friend of mine and have known him since he was young. He does have a bit of a temper at times and can be quite loud, but I love him just the same. He goes with me out in public. No tethering is needed. He even joins me on bike rides. He has bitten but only me. Once to the point stitches were required. But still he is my bird and I will never part with him. He loves his toys, his perches and his outdoor play area (again no tethering necessary). The only thing he does not play with yet is his swing. Maybe in time.
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    I have a 3 year old and have had him (could be her...) since he was a baby. Rue is the most out going gregarious bird EVER. He goes horseback riding, floating down the river, for car rides, hikes and shopping. I also have a rescued Blue and Gold. My understanding is that the Military doesn't like their down time as do the larger birds and I think that's the key to versatility. I would suggest being a little pushy when it come to holding the bird after they learn to step up onto a perch. (This way you can get them back into the cage). Get ready for a bite, but generally speaking they are just looking for a reaction... Try not to give one. Persistence and patience and I promise you, your Military will be you're best buddy. Give it a good 3 to 6 months for a bonding type of relationship. Remember, they aren't a dog... You have to make them think all of the training is THEIR idea. Be patient.
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martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
My military macaw bobbs his head like a chicken on our hands/arms etc., does anyone know what this means? He's not hurting anyone when he does this but just very curious when and why he does this..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-24
    Yep it is normal.  They bob their head up and down.  They sorta bump you with their beak which doesn't hurt and even bump you in the head with theirs.  They are playing and it is fun.
  • Anonymous - 2013-05-16
    That's natural, it's a feeding thing they do when you hand feed them!
  • Margie - 2015-01-26
    My Military Macaw also bobbs her head. she does this so I can sing to her and she dances with her head. she's done this sense she was a baby. we started to sing to her and she would bobb her head so now everytime she wants me to sing to her she bobbs her head or when I want her to dance I sing to her and she starts dancing. She loves music.
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    The bobbing is a positive affirmation to whatever it is you are offering or doing.
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chrisina - 2015-06-03
How do u kno how old a blue and yellow mccaw is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-06-05
    You can't tell the age of a parrot without knowing its hatch date. I have heard of some veterinarians giving people and opinion of the age of their birds, for example cockatoos. But that is simply a mistake, as there is currently no way to determine age other than when they hatched.
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Robert - 2015-05-21
I have four 2 years old macaws and i'm ready to sell three of them due to my time schedule. Anyone interested can get back to me via my email at roberttaylor087@gmail.com for more details and real and clear pics.

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Nichol Fox-Connary - 2015-05-14
Looking for a Hy or hybrid

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ali - 2014-11-23
Hi I am looking macaw if any wants to sell u can contact us

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  • Teresa Cockrum - 2015-05-13
    I Have a 20 year old hand tamed Scarlet Macaw with a small vocabulary. I am in the Detroit MI metro area. What is your experience with macaws/large birds?
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DK - 2012-09-02
I have a Ruby macaw and 2 Blue and Gold Macaws and have been a macaw owner for around 30 some years now and when they get testy with me or snappy they have to go in a cage lower than what I stand for however long it takes them to humble down. This puts you in charge and the head of them and they then realize they cannot abuse or dominate you. It is true during normal breeding season is when this occurs in our home most. It seems like a hormone reaction.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-03
    Whether human or feathered, we have our moods.  I have found during mating season or molting season - I just like to drive my human up the wall.  It is just fun. 
  • mary - 2015-04-27
    I have my first b&g for about three weeks now. He is a wonderful addition to my family. How do I get him to stop trying to bite me. He's nice when I have food. He won't step up for me. What should I do. He thinks he's the boss I think. Lol
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mary - 2015-04-27
This is my first blue and gold. The lady I bought him from said his age is unknown. His chest is bald but to me he is the most handsome little guy. She told me he preferred females but he took up with my husband. He trays to bite me except when I have food. What to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-04-28
    He sounds like a great bird. Sometimes a parrot simply will prefer men over women, and vise versa. Often it just takes time and patience. You can work on establishing yourself as the dominant 'alpha' in the flock, which will help.
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Oenus Rahardjo - 2015-03-30
Can someone tell me how I can make sure that my Scarlet macaw has excessive saliva or not? I notice my scarlet has saliva more then my Blue & Gold, but as far as his activities, he is doing just fine. Free flight every day with no problems. I would be greatly appreciative it if someone could tell me. Thanks in advance.

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