Thinking about Buying a Maui Sunset Macaw.

by danelle
(New York)

I'm thinking about buying a maui sunset macaw but I know nothing about them! How can I learn everything i need to know about them and fast?

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Nov 01, 2009
Severe or Large Macaw
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to add my two cents about the Severe Macaws. They are an awesome choice for a macaw and perfect for the new bird owner as was stated. I know this first hand because this was my first macaw and my bird Bandit is now 28 years old. I have had him since he was a baby and he was NOT hand fed like most are now, he was not tame when I got him. It took me some time to train him because he was not socialized as most birds are now; and most are also hand fed so in other words they are tame when you get them. I since have bought a Blue and Gold Macaw, and a Sun Conure. The Blue and Gold is much larger and was hand fed and socialized from the breeder.
My favorite bird is still the severe macaw Bandit, they are very sweet and friendly although they will bond more with one person and they will do most anything for attention and learn to talk very easy. Bandit still wasn?t tame when he learned his first word which was peanut butter. He loves peanut butter so I bribed him with it saying many words but one was do you want a peanut butter treat. Once he learned that word he repeated most everything we asked him to say several times and he now has about a 25 to 30 word vocabulary along with combining the words he has learned to say other combinations.
I hope this may help you make a decision on a bird you?ll have as many years of happiness as I have had with my Bandit.

Oct 22, 2009
Maui Sunset Macaw
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. I did a Google search on the Maui Sunset Macaw and see that it is a Hybrid of the Blue and Gold and the Red Fronted Macaws. Here is the link for some information about them

One thing you didn't mention is whether you have ANY experience with parrots. If not, I recommend you start with a much smaller Macaw as the Larger Macaws, can be hard to handle, loud and all are demanding of attention.I adore the entire Macaw family, and there are two smaller ones you could start with. One is the Severe Macaw and is a very sweet easily handled Macaw. They learn to talk and all the other Macaw things, and are not nearly as large as their bigger cousins. The other is smaller and would be IDEAL to start learning about the Macaw family with, it is the Hahns Macaw and is quite small and ALL MACAW.

Learn about these birds by doing searches on the internet.You can also buy a good book on the Macaw and their special requirements. The larger birds require a HUGE cage set up which is very expensive. Toys have to be the biggest ones and are also expensive. Food will be more expensive as well. Any bird should be eating a high quality, organic pelleted diet like Harrisons, and Tracie carries the Harrisons' products on site.

So, to sum up, parrots are wild, undomesticated animals, and the larger they are, the more risk there is in keeping them. Even hand-fed babies grow up and will exhibit all the traits of wild birds at some time or other after sexual maturity. Go into this with your eyes wide open and a lot of study under your belt. I recommend starting off with either the Severe or the Hahns and then move up to larger after you learn all about parrots in general and your Macaw specifically. Lots of people think they are ready for the larger birds, and please understand that unless you have much experience handling, training, caging and feeding and caring for a large Macaw, you and your new bird will not be happy. Start small, learn all you can via the internet and good books. Talk with some Macaw breeders about the Severe and Hahns macaws which are called Mini-Macaws and go from there. DO NOT LET SOMEONE TALK YOU INTO TOO LARGE A BIRD BEFORE YOU ARE READY AS SOME OF THEM WANT YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT CARE WHETHER YOU AND BIRD ARE HAPPY OR NOT. Look at cage prices as you will need a large Macaw flight cage for larger bird, and a good one runs around $600 and up.Your bird will need to be changed over from an all seed diet, and it takes time. This will be true for any parrot regardless of size. The quality food costs more money than JUNK, and your larger Macaw will eat more.

Be sure to take bird to an Avian vet soon as you bring them home to check for infections, parasites or other physical problems.

Keep us posted, and study the smaller Mini-Macaws because you will adore any of them.


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