Green wing macaw sticking tongue in ear

I recently brought home my baby green wing macaw. He is 4 months old. We have definitely bonded but my concern is he always wants to stick his tongue in my ear, although he hasn't bitten it yet. He also loves my hair. Should this be of concern or normal macaw habits and likes?
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Nov 12, 2014
Green Wing named Harley
by: Anonymous

Desperately seeking man who bought green wing macaw 16 years ago at Village pet center in NY. Birds name was Harley. Man who bought Harley was a breeder named Keith.

The woman who had to relinquish her pet was devastated and has been searching for Keith to tell him that she will always be there for her pet should he ever need to re-home him or not breed him anymore; and doesn't want him. She needs to know
her bird is ok too and would love to hear from Keith.

Any info please reply here
thanks so much

Aug 05, 2013
I'm amazed
by: Anonymous

I had a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo I named Ben for 33 years that was the most intelligent anyone has ever seen. Not only house trained to crap in his cage but I took him everywhere with me. That included restaurants, nightclubs and he even performed on stage with me to the delight of my audience. Ben died because an exterminator put ant sand around my house and he must have eat some. I noticed he wasn't right and acting as he did when it was very hot, which it wasn't at this time. He slowly came out of his cage, walked up my leg where I was sitting, Perched on my arm, put his face to mine as he often did to give a cuddle, made a gurgle sound and died in my arms. That was a heart breaking moment not only for me but everyone who knew him. He was a legend. It all happened so fast from being fine to dieing. I'm telling this story because I just purchased a B&G Macaw 7 months ago and demanded to take her home before she was weaned. I did so because I saw some of their weaned Macaws with many bad habits that are harder to break once established. I'm still hand feeding her at this moment twice a day. I just can't hold my tongue any longer. I have been checking out many forums to see what I can lean and like all forums, the info is usually valued at what you paid for it. ZERO. There are two kinds of pet owners. The ones that think their pets are people and dress them up like one while they dedicate their lives to them. Usually lonely, no life of their own sort. Then there is the pet owner that teaches their pets to coincide with their life. If you raise a pet to understand their place and pecking order, no different than in the wild, you wont have to worry about it taking a chunk out you. I feel my Macaw Harley, will be even smarter than Ben was. She knows her place and loved me unconditionally. She kisses, cuddles and loves being with me. When I hear "Don't ever let a Macaw on your shoulder, Don't let them play with your hair or tongue your ear, I can only say to those that say it, You don't have well trained bird. Tricks are easy but true affection takes understanding and not always kindness. Let them know who's the boss. Harley bit me once because she did not like me trimming her claws. I bit her back on her foot. I can do anything I want with her now. I learned this from Ben who has taken bites out of me to the bone. Save yourself a lot of heartache and home damage. Let them know from the start who's boss.

Oct 13, 2012
Macaw sticking tongue in ear
by: Anonymous

You should never allow your bird near your face or your hair. I know your bird is a baby now and it's cute that he licks your ear and likes your hair. When he grows up it will be a different story. Birds do bite no matter how much you have bonded. You are teaching him that this behavior is okay so you need to stop it now before he grows up and takes a chunk out of your face or your hair. Birds are unpredictable and you never know when they will bite.

Oct 13, 2012
Green wing macaw sticking tongue in ear
by: Linda

Hopefully you are still handfeeding your bird using baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe. If not, then you must start doing that. Macaws are never, ever weaned before 6 months old, and in the wild their Mother's feed them up to a year old while also teaching them to forage for food(wean). I also recommend your bird be examined by an Avian Vet right away because a weight needs to be taken to make sure he's not losing weight.

As for your ears and hair, both are full of bacteria that will make this bird very sick, so instead of thinking it's cute, start thinking about your bird getting sick from putting his tongue and mouth in dirty places like hair and ears. Healthy birds do not have any gram negative bacteria in their bodies--only positive. You, me and all other animals have gram negative bacteria which makes birds sick. This means your bird could already be sick. He may also be losing too much weight because he's too young to be completely weaned.

Find an Avian Vet ONLY and have him examined for bacterial and viral infections. Have Avian Vet get his weight, and vet can tell you whether he is underweight. If he's underweight, he needs to be back on handfeeding formula using 60cc syringes. A normal feed for a large Macaw is two 60cc syringes of formula per meal 120cc's. He will need to be fed in the morning and at night if he's losing weight.He also needs to be eating high quality organic pellets as 80-85% of his diet and Harrisons is the best. Both the handfeeding formula, RoudyBush, and Harrisons pellets are found here. If he has lost weight, you'll need to find a pet store who carries the handfeeding formula right away. The Avian Vet can give you two 60cc syringes to feed him with. You may also want the breeder to show you how to feed him to keep from choking him on food. Handfeeding is a learned skill and needs someone who knows how to safely feed to show you. Possibly the avian vet can show you. I don't have much faith in a breeder who would sell a baby Macaw this young.

Please do not delay having him examined by a licensed Avian Vet who are the only vets licensed and trained to care for birds.

Keep him out of your ears and your hair because he is getting large doses of bacteria everytime he does this.


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