colors of macaws cover as wide of a range as their size. There are the
bright yellows and blues in the Blue and Gold macaws, the radiant reds
in the scarlet and deep reds in the Greenwing. A variety of greens in the
Military, Hahn's, Red Fronted, Severe and Noble. The brilliant blue of
the Hyacinth with their yellow skin of the eye ring and around their beak.
And the wonderful orange coloring of the Harlequin (Blue & Gold and
Greenwing) and Catalina (Blue & Gold and Scarlet) which are hybrids.
overall temperament of macaws is generally good and loveable. They tend
to be very intelligent animals who are curious, fun, and playful. From
the materials I read, the Scarlet tends to be the most nippy of the macaws.
price of Macaws can range from as low as $400 for some of the mini-macaws
to as high as $12,000 for the Hyacinth. Prices vary depending on where
and from whom you purchase the bird and availability of the species.
need a well-balanced diet of pellets and a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
and other foods such as pastas, rice, and beans. The Hyacinth's diet is
a little different than that of the other macaws. They need the high fat
of the nuts they normally eat in the wild. This food requirement does increase
the cost of actually owning a Hyacinth macaw.
sizes vary with the kind of macaw you have. For the smallest macaw, a 20"
x 20" x 30" is the smallest cage that should be used. The average
sized macaw cage should minimally be 36" x 24" x 60". One
rule of thumb to use for cage size is 1.5 times the wing span of the bird.
are a couple of projects that include the study and preservation of Macaws.
These include the Macaw Claylick and the Macaw Research Project in Tambopata,
Peru, and Macaw Monitoring through the Manu Wildlife Center in Amazonia,
Peru. There is also the Parrot Preservation Society in Arizona that has
an extensive breeding program of rare macaws to help keep the species from
becoming extinct. Additional information on how you can participate in
these projects can be found on the Internet.
additional information on Macaws, there are several good books and web
sites you can checkout.
Complete Book of Macaws, by Rosemary Low
The Handbook of Macaws, by Dr. A E Decoteau
Macaws, by Loren Spiotta
Taming and Training Macaws, by Risa Teitler
The World of Macaws, by Dieter Hoppe
Large Macaws," by Gloria Allen, July 1997:28-35
"The Macaws of Tambopata," by Judith
M. Riley, July 1997:36-41
"The Miniature Macaws," by John Tyson,
Birds N Ways
Parrot Preservation Society, Psittacine Breeding Research Facility
8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. #299
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Monitoring Manu Wildlife Center - www.ecovolunteer.org
(go to projects). If you don't have access to the Internet and would like
further information, please call me at (847) 895-2615 and I can send you
the information in the mail.
Macaw Clay Lick & The Macaw Research Project at Tambopata, Peru www.perunature.com/pre1-0.htm.
For additional information call Rainforest Expeditions in Peru at 011-(51-1)421-8347
or in the USA call Mario Corvetto at (303) 838-9412.
Society of America
for information, send a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope to:
Society of America
P.O. Box 90037
Burton, MI 48509-0037