Animal Stories - Military Macaw

Animal-World Information about: Military Macaw

The Military Macaw is a beautiful green Macaw, very intelligent, and a fabulous show bird!
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Jennifer thompson - 2017-09-03
Have a beautiful large military macaw approx.7yrsold posting today for 1200$ saw your add from a couple months ago .email me if u would like pics

Kyle cowan - 2017-06-06
I'd live to have a military mccaw I've been interested in them since I was a little kid

Raechel Ward - 2011-11-22
I absolutely love my military macaw named Joey. He really takes up to me loves to sit beside me doesn't bite me he even gives me kisses. I wanted to know where its supposed to be white between his eye and beak why is it red what does my Joey need.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    They blush. So where it is frequently white, it takes on a red color. White normally but when pet, happy, having a good time or being kissed, they blush. Now, if you mean the nostril area is a vivid red, I would check the nostrils for anything embedded. Sounds nuts but had a macaw that somehow put millet in his nostril.
  • Karen - 2012-02-07
    It turns red with arrousal or aggression. My Petes turns red when happy and when mad.
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Our milatary macaw turns red when I try to pet her, when my husband has her I do not think that is blushing I think she doesn't like me. Sometimes she lets me pet her but I'm scared she's going to take a chunk out of me, what can I do to get rid of my fear for her?
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Well then I think our milatary macaw doesn't like me then cuz she turns red most of the time I go near her and then sometimes she lets me pet her. I think we both have to earn each other's trust, may take time I guess. I don't really know.
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    The blushing is when they LOOOOVVE you!!
  • Anonymous - 2017-02-03
    Yes, he loves you. When i first gave Skittles her shower when i was drying her she was all red in the face, i thought I did something wrong! My Macaw friend laughed and tolf me she was.blushing for I made her happy.
Toni - 2016-08-31
I've had my macaw, Maxine for 36 years. She eats well and daily I give all my pets a little plain yogurt, they love it. For the birds, they have never molted and have never gotten sick, for the other pets it keeps their coat and bones healthy. I also give Maxine boxes, usually one weekly, which she carves into whatever she wants. It keeps her active and happy, I make certain there is no tape or anything that got harm her. She was never taught to fly by her parents as she was taken in captivity too young. I got her from a greyhound bus driver who was abusing her in 1980.

Gwen Honeysuckle - 2016-03-20
Got female military Macaw for sale good friendly bird she is missing a toe.Her name is che che

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  • Su Bortell - 2016-07-04
    Do you still have your macaw for sale?
  • Danny - 2016-07-08
    Will give u a 900 for her 14847355623
Tracy - 2016-01-17
My military macaw has started going to the bottom of the cage and regurgitating. His beak has remained soiled and his belly feathers stiff from I'm assuming running his beak through it. He does not normally spend time in the bottom of the cage but has been doing this now for about 1 week or a little longer. He does not appear to feel bad. Any ideas on why he may have started this. There has not been any changes in daily routine.

leigh roth - 2015-09-12
Regarding bonding with another bird/human. I live in Mexico part time in a house I own there in Zihuatanejo. I adquired a male and a female (Paloma) They were not bonded they were just there together. She fell in love with the manager of the hotel next door to me. At precisely X hour in the morning she would call me to get her off the balcony looking out at the ocean and the extensive gardens of the Hungalows Alec. She would scurry out the door and down the cobblestones through a portal into the yard across the street of the Alec. There was a shack in there and she would crawl through a hole she had made there, get up on his bed and he would say he had just wakon up. He decided to go back to Chhiapas, and a couple of days after he left she flew be the judge.

Matt - 2010-02-19
I've got an approx. 10 year old female Military. That was a good bird up till the day that the Male B&G that she was raised with died( he ended up with a heart condition. Now she is the MEANEST bird that I have ever seen. I also have a younger B&G that is like a big baby, but the Military can no longer be handled. In turn, she gets less attention, in turn gets meaner, because no one wants the blood, & scars that she can inflict. There are days that I feel like opening the front door and throwing her out. I know, thats cruel, and I wouldn't do it. I'm even afraid to proceed to try and tame her again, I've had a lot of birds, as many as 6 Macaws, 2 greys, a bunch of Canaries, & a boatload of Finches, all at the same time. All but 2 Macaws, and about 10 Gouldian finches remain, and I'm slowly getting out of the finch hobby. Any ideas as to what I should do. I now hate this bird, but she is so pretty. I think that she is a womans bird, because she will get real close to my daughter when she talks to her. But my daughter has seen what she can do, and won't have anything to do with touching her. HELP

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  • Brampton, Ontario - 2010-02-26
    Please don't give up. She is grieving. I am sure when she accepts a new companion and is over her sense of loss she will be sociable again.
    I have a 4 year old MM named Carlos. He is hilarious. He only lets me handle him but he talks to my daughter and grandson whenever they walk by. He yells Jordan when we are calling my grandson to dinner, he meows after the cats, feeds the dogs his pellets and says haha when they pick up the food. Peek A Boo is his favourite saying. He always says night when I put him back in his cage at bedtime, but he seems to know when we are putting him in his cage because we age going out. Then he always says BYE quite loudly and he sounds a little disgusted with us. I would love to know how you make out.

    Brampton, Ontario
  • David Turnbow - 2010-08-26

    I do not have much of a reply other than patience. I have rescued a blue and gold, a green wing, and a panama amazon. They were all the same way in the beginning, but now they are all very sweet birds. If you would want to place the bird I would gladly take her. Just a thought.

    Thank you, David
  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    hi... I started dating my boyfriend 7 months ago and he has a military macaw. My boyfriends wife passed after haveing this bird for 17 years, my boyfriend said the military macaw stopped eating and was sooo depressed he thought he'd lose the bird. After taking him to the vet the vet said to post a pitchure if you have one on the cage, his bird came out of his depression but was ok but my boyfriend hasn't been able to handle but to feed him. Since IIve been here it has taken me months of patience for the bird and I to love... he now follows me everywhere.. please, try a picture and if you don't have one find one in a magazine or internet to post on his/her cage..
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    Patience and calm is the key. I've heard of the picture working. Parrots develop strong bonds to their partners. How long does a human grieve? Dogs have died of grief. again, patience and consistency. Maybe separate the bird or only room with one other bird so that when you do spend time with the bird, they perceive this time as 'their' time. Speak softly and keep back ground noise to a minimum if you can. Try this time together to work on training. Try the stick up and a small treat for half hour or so. Close the door to the room and let them out of the cage for a bit. Patience and you'll both be rewarded greatly.
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.
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.