Macaw won't sleep in cage
I have a re-homed 4-year-old Harlequin Macaw and he is super attached to me at bedtime. He starts to get tired and falls asleep on his cage door, then panics when I start to leave the area for the night.
I have tried reassuring him and giving him treats, I have sung to him, and I have tried sneaking up the stairs only to hear him fly and crash downstairs. This makes me have to come back down and get him. Once I have him he won't step up onto his cage door.
I have also tried putting fresh food in his cage and putting his favorite things in his food bowl when it's close to bed time to lure him into his cage so I can shut him in. This works 50% of the time and he'll happily sleep in his cage.
What can I do to get him into his cage at bedtime without breaking the trust and bond we have developed? The last time I forced him in his cage it took three days for him to come near me again. Help please.