Having a Severe Macaw as a Pet

Severe macaws are also known as the chestnut fronted macaws and are one of the largest of the mini-macaws. They are about 16 to 18 inches in length, which includes the tail that is equal to about have of the total length. They originate and dwell naturally in South America, in the Amazonian Brazil and also northern Bolivia.

Both the males are the females are monomorphic because they are the same in appearance. In order to determine the gender of the macaw, a DNA test should be conducted. Severe macaws are mostly green and have a brown forehead ,blue crown, and brown chin. The flight feathers on a severe macaw are blue and on the tail is a red and chestnut colored underside. The edges of the severe macaw are red and in sexually aged and mature birds, the iris is orange.

Macaws as Companions

Severe macaws are similar to larger macaws in terms of intelligence and playful personalities. They are very affectionate, playful and social and they often enjoy being petted. They are very vocal and enjoy activities like climbing and hanging upside down. They are smart and some owners are able to toilet train them. They do require items to chew on and they really enjoy having ropes to swing on. They also enjoy taking showers and baths.

You should feed your severe macaw a diet that is higher in fat than most other parrots. Nuts are a good way to add protein into their diet. Seeds, vegetables, fruits and parrot pellets are also good stable foods that you should feed your macaw. Severe macaws have a typical life span of 30 to 80 years old with 40 being the average. You should also make sure that more than one person in the family handles the bird from early on to get him used to being handled by other people. They may still tend to favor one person, but it is a good idea to get them used to being around other people.

Severe macaws do not have any known mutations, although there is a new red colored female macaw that is in existence but has not reproduced as of yet. Severe macaws are also the only version of a mini-macaw that has feather lines on bare patches of the face.


Carrie said...

Where did you hear about the red female?

S said...

From a Bird Breeder

Jason M said...

Another great idea to keep your severe macaw happy is to use food finding toys. The severe macaw just like any other in the wild is going to spend a large majority of their day looking for food. To have the happiest macaw possible it's best to try and recreate that environment for them at your home. You can find more information here on creating the best possible severe macaw environment

The severe macaw can make a great pet. Being very intelligent though the severe macaw should be stimulated regularly through interaction with you the owner and a constant supply of toys in their cage. If they become bored that is when they start acting out.