There are many reasons for adopting a Macaw parrot as a pet bird. They are magnificent birds with great intelligence that we never tire of watching them live. However, acquiring such a parrot requires thought and knowledge because the Macaw parrot is not an easily adopted bird.
Everything there is to know about adopting a Macaw parrot: how to do it? At what price? what are their needs?
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Adopting a Macaw parrot as a pet bird: essential information to know
All large parrots have a rather high lifespan, the Macaw lives on average from 50 to 70 years. This is essential information that must be taken into account when thinking about it because its lifespan is one of the main factors in Macaw abandonment. Your parrot will accompany you throughout your life and more!
The cage size of a Macaw bird
The macaw is a big bird, no question of giving him a small cage in the living room. The Macaw parrot needs to live in an aviary large enough so that it can spread its wings and fly. This bird is therefore intended for people who have a garden.
The cost of installing an aviary for a Macaw parrot should be considered when making your decision as it amounts to a few thousand euros.
Have a certificate of capacity or detention to adopt a Macaw
The keeping of certain non-domestic animals (list available in the appendix of the order of 11 August 2006 establishing the list of species, breeds, or varieties of domestic animals) is subject to obtaining a certificate of competence. Most Aras require an individual to have a certificate of competence that must be requested from the prefecture.
Before considering adopting a Macaw, it is necessary to find out whether the desired species is subject to the need for such a document. If this is the case, the request must be made before adopting the animal.
Adopting a Green-Winged Macaw from Lazicki’s Bird Rescue
How to adopt a Macaw parrot as a pet bird
How to adopt a Macaw parrot as a pet bird
There are more than ten species of Macaw parrot in the world, the majority of which are threatened with extinction. The Macaw parrots offered for adoption are specimens bred in captivity in specialized farms, they do not come from the wild.
To adopt an Ara parrot, a future owner can get closer to one of his farms. The advantage of adopting a Macaw in breeding is to be able to benefit from all the advice of an expert in the matter. In addition, the supply of parrots for adoption is generally extensive and it is possible to choose your future companion from among several specimens.
But before adopting, it is necessary to make sure that the breeding is of confidence. Walking around the different facilities to check the condition of the aviaries and the general appearance of the birds is a good indicator of how the birds are treated. If the aviaries are dirty and the birds appear limp, plucked, or sick, it is better to go your way.
Do not hesitate to question the breeder about his activity, or even to ask him for documents proving the legality of his breeding. Indeed, each Macaw must have papers certifying their legal origin, to avoid illegal trafficking in birds.
Adopt a baby Macaw parrot
Adopt an Ara parrot in a refuge or “second hand”
Another solution is possible to adopt a Macaw parrot, it is to go through shelters and bird rescue associations that offer abandoned parrots for adoption. We speak of second-hand birds because, given their longevity of 70 years, many parrots experience several abandonments during their life.
Adopting an abandoned Macaw parrot is an honorable gesture that will give a second life to a bird that has not had an easy life. It is true that many refuge birds are already adults, but their age in no way prevents them from forming relationships and having a good time. In addition, remember that it is preferable to adopt an already old parrot to limit the risk of abandonment if the owner dies of old age before the animal.
But when considering adopting a second-hand parrot, keep in mind that the animal comes into your home with a past that we don’t always know. Due to the sometimes unhappy history, the animal may need time to acclimatize to this new environment and accept to trust its new owner.
Price of a Macaw parrot: how much does it cost to adopt?
The Macaw parrot is a very expensive bird, which is why its adoption should be carefully considered. We are not talking about a bird for a few tens of euros but rather a few hundred!
On average, the price of a farmed Macaw will be between 850 $ and 2,900 $depending on the breeding, species, age, and origin of the animal.
The price of a second-hand Macaw parrot, obtained by an organization or through another private individual is generally cheaper. Prices vary but it is rare to find one for less than 550 $.
Rehoming Santina – Adopting Out Green Winged Macaw
5 things to consider when considering adopting a parrot
On YouTube, there are many videos of adorable parrots talking, making funny sounds, or doing funny stunts. Conquered by these images, many adopt a parrot without having taken the time to seek information on their lifestyle, behavior, etc. At Chico, we know that the parrot is not a bird like the others. Here are 5 things to consider if you have the idea of adopting a parrot.
- They live very long: depending on the species, parrots generally live for several decades (up to 80 years!), Which is not the case with a budgie. Are you ready to make such a long-term commitment?
- They need companionship – leaving a parrot alone and neglecting to interact with it can have dire consequences. Birds that lack companionship can pluck their feathers, develop aggressive behavior, or even stop feeding! If you are rarely at home, you should choose a more independent companion.
- They require special care: parrots are animals with fragile health, which is why their owners must treat them with care. A spacious cage, fresh fruit, seeds, toys, clean air, veterinary care, claw pruning, baths, etc. are essential for a healthy parrot. In other words, we cannot adopt an African macaw or an African gray by believing that it will suffice to fill its bowls with water and seeds every day.
- They can bite: Parrots have strong beaks designed to crack nutshells. So, you have to be extremely careful to prevent them from confusing a finger with a piece of fruit! It is also not recommended to adopt a parrot when you have young children because they can make awkward gestures that will disturb the bird, which will bite them in defense.
- They are often abandoned: animal shelters regularly receive young and perfectly healthy parrots. The reasons are given to justify abandonment are linked to the behavior of the bird (eg: cries, disturbing vocalizations, bites, etc.) or to the care that is too complicated to provide.