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There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when a pet bird suddenly takes off, flying into the wild blue yonder, while you watch helplessly from the ground below. The first time this happened to me I became frantic, running around the neighborhood and calling for my one-year-old senegal parrot, Max. Max’s wings were trimmed, but they had come in enough to give him lift. The other contributing factor was that my house sat on a high hill in Los Angeles, so Max could get a considerable distance even without much lift. I could not get down the steep hill on foot, so I had to drive my car down to Sunset Boulevard to start my search.

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A bird of either sex might begin staying on the bottom of the cage, protectively sitting on a bell, nut or toy. Many owners are surprised to find that a male bird might also perform this pseudo-incubation. I used to have a pet blue-and-gold macaw, Toby, and every summer he would take his favorite toy and sit on it for several weeks until his hormones began abating. If a hen actually lays an egg, she might begin sitting on it and protecting it, attempting to keep all people away from her egg and cage.

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BudgiesParrotsPet BirdsAustralian BirdsBlueBeautiful BirdsClassicEasterColour In the wild the Blue and Gold Macaws are seen in pairs. During non-breeding season they will flock in large numbers to and from feeding grounds, and can be seen peacefully with other birds. As a pet, the Blue and Gold Macaw is known to be a good family type bird. They are a gentle bird that will get along with more than one person, although they will probably have a preference in the family. But they are a typical Macaw and can be cranky at times and may prefer only one person or only one gender. To have a well-rounded bird that enjoys more than one person, make sure it is well socialized with lots of folks.
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Typical of all the lovebirds, the Blue Masked Lovebird is very social and loves companionship. Their natural behavior is to live closely with a companion so are often kept with another lovebird. Though they make a very fine and affectionate pet when hand-raised, they will need a lot of attention if kept singly. Most are kept in pairs to satisfy their considerable need for constant companionship, mutual preening, and socialization.

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Dr. Laurie Hess: Macaws are amazing birds. They're probably the largest species of bird that we treat. They come in all different colors. They're beautiful and the blue and gold macaw is probably the most common macaw that we see, a very familiar looking parrot, and then there's the hyacinth macaw, a very royal blue-colored macaw, probably the largest macaw that we see. They're fairly rare. Macaws are amazing, but they require a lot of space. Remember a macaws stretches out and their wing span is several feet wide.

They need to be able to have at least that much space, if not double that space in their cage to be safe at home in a cage and protected against banging their wings and damaging their feathers. Their beaks are very, very strong. They can actually break bones with their beaks. So you really have to think about whether you have the kind of environment to have a macaw.

You know, they can be destructive. They can be very, very loud when they scream. So they're great animals if you have the space and the time. Anything else we want to mention about macaw, Kara?

Sarah Inglis: I think that if you're prepared to have a two-year-old toddler for approximately 30 to 40 years that chews on windowsills and screams really loud, you might be ready to have a macaw.

Laurie: That about sums it up. No, macaws are great. Listen, we love them, but they're not right for everybody. I mean with little babies or people that are elderly and maybe don't move as fast, you know macaws are big and strong and loud and terrific birds. They're beautiful birds, but they're not really the best pet for everybody. So you just need to think about it and learn about the macaw before you rush out and get one.Like most macaws, the blue-and-gold macaw is capable of making loud, ear-piercing sounds and can be prone to bouts of screaming. You will not be able to hide this pet from a landlord, so understand the vocal abilities of this bird before you bring it home. There really is no way to make a screaming macaw cease and desist its vocalizations, especially around dusk, when parrots are most vocal. Blue-and-gold macaws are apt talkers, able to repeat simple words and phrases.