Scared Golden-Collared Macaw
nom nom nom! Golden-collared macaw
I recently got a golden-collared macaw. Since I live in Kuwait, a species of bird like this is very rare to come by, and i love macaws so i decided to take it in. I decided to name it 'Topaz' to go with his main feature, and my birth month, since its November's birthstone. At first, it was so scared of anything around it that it would cower away at the corners of its new large cage. Even stayed there when i left it for an hour or so.
Slowly, i started to get it to come down and sit on the perch by hand feeding it, so by the next day it knew that i wouldn't really hurt it but there isn't much trust yet. It also won't leave the cage when i leave both the door and the top perch open. I spent a lot of time with it today after i came back home and made it say (almost) its first word: "Hello." Giving Topaz a treat everytime it said that, or tried to imitate other sounds i made, made it trust me more to the point that it would climb all the way to the outer bottom of the door (it was open) to get its treat off between my lips! :D
Topaz still cowers away when i get too close to touch it, and sometimes even tries to bite me, even though i kept giving it the back of my hand so it wouldn't latch onto my finger. Will this kind of behavior be surpressed in time if i keep hand feeding it and getting close to it without touching it? I also really have to take Topaz to the vet, but i don't want to risk it losing trust in me if i would use a towel to get it out of the cage and into a smaller one. :(