Silent Scarlet Macaw

by John
(St. Louis)

I have a 15-year-old scarlet macaw that I adopted from a friend who had to give up his parrots for health reasons. Since I have had Scarlet, she has been a prodigious vocalizer. She has an incredible vocabulary and uses many words in their proper context.

She doesn't scream, but she loves to emit morning and evening contact calls. She has chattered to herself all day. My problem is this: about a week ago Scarlet stopped vocalizing. She has been completely silent. Just to look at her it seems that nothing is wrong. She eats well, plays with her toys, hasn't lost any weight that I can tell. She seems completely normal except she doesn't vocalize.

Can you provide some guidance for me? I have no idea what I should do.


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May 15, 2008
Silent Macaw
by: Tracie

I would take her to an avian vet to be checked out if she is not talking or making any noise at all. To suddenly go silent is not normal in my opinion.

I am sorry I can't be of more help.

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