Bird Profile Military Macaw

Military Macaw Bird Information

Military macaws, in addition to being vocal and outgoing, are huge parrots with a reputation for being pleasant, even-tempered pet birds. It can create a close attachment with its owners if it is hand-fed from infant stage. These inquisitive birds are eager to mingle with their human “flock.”

Military Macaw

Natural Habitat

Military Macaws live in the high altitude subtropical woods of Mexico, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia. Their habitat is limited to a few places in several South American countries, and they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to trapping and killing. These parrots like to build their nests at high heights, frequently on lonely cliff cliffs.



Military Macaw is a friendly, easily tamed bird. They rarely live alone in the wild, preferring to live in pairs or flocks of 10 to 20 birds. It is not uncommon for this bird to choose one person or even one gender in captivity. It is critical to introduce it to a wide range of individuals in order for it to remain friendly in all social circumstances.

While Military Macaws aren’t known for being particularly sociable, those that have been properly handled and socialized may enjoy some hugging and rubbing. These birds might be irritable at times. If they are not happy or well-trained, macaws can become aggressive. Many owners discover that their bird’s mood often mirrors their own.

They can work as a “watch bird,” alerting you when something isn’t quite right around the house. For example, they may call out to alert you when a stranger approaches the door. Routines appeal to military macaws. It can typically tell when you’re going to be home and when it’s dinner time. Training them with treats is pretty simple, and they like learning new tasks. Some even become toilet trained as a result of this.

Though this bird is not as good a talker as other parrots, it may be trained to be talkative and acquire a few words and phrases. Although they are one of the calmer macaws, they can shriek and have a characteristic croak. This level of loudness is typically unsuitable for apartment or condominium living.

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The Military Macaw’s plumage is packed with tropical, brilliant colors, similar to a painter’s pallet, ensuring a magnificent spectacle. The body is mostly green, however it is flecked with yellow and lime tones. The undersides of the wings and tail are brilliant yellow, while the tops are vivid blue. Purple feathers can be found on several tail feathers.

This is a huge parrot, like all the other macaws. It is slightly smaller than its cousins, with adults reaching 31 inches (80 cm) in length and weighing up to 2.4 pounds (1100 grams). One of these parrots’ most distinguishing characteristics is their “blushing.” When they are thrilled, their white cheeks will turn red.


Health Condition

Although macaws are long-lived birds, they are susceptible to a viral infection known as macaw wasting syndrome and swollen beaks, as do all parrots. Military macaws, like other pet parrots, may resort to self-mutilation by feather plucking if they feel neglected or bored.

Military macaws eat seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, and vegetables in the wild. Pet military macaws should consume a similar diet that includes a high-quality seed or pellet mix as well as fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables. Macaw owners frequently discover that their bird enjoys dining with them. On occasion, you can feed them healthful “human food,” including modest amounts of protein like chicken.

Military macaws fly hundreds of miles per day in the wild. Regular exercise is vital in captivity. Every day, owners should ensure that their pets have at least 2 to 4 hours of fun outside of their cages. This activity time allows the birds to stretch their wings and exercise their beaks while also providing mental stimulation.