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Old 12-12-2015, 10:52 AM
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Macaw energy

I was talking to someone the other day about how when we had our Red fronted macaw, he would feed off of peoples' energy around him. When our son would become hyper, the bird would get louder and more active, etc... and then my son would become agitated with the loudness, etc.. If we were calm or playful, etc. our RFM would follow suit there too.

I was wondering if most macaws do this or is it more likely with one type than another? Are there any that tend to be more calm/mellow over all or that chaos is just ignored? I've briefly interacted with most types; yellow collar, severe, b&G, military, greenwing, etc.. but never lived with them or had friends with them, so was just curious.
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Re: Macaw energy

Yes, they absolutely do this - feed off our energy. My Amazons do as well.

My 'most' excitable one would be my male DYH Amazon. All I need to do is turn on certain music, and he's ready to Rock N' Roll. Now it's not quite as easy to calm him down, but it can be done.

My GW is actually more excitable than my B&G. Sometimes I think he can read my mind.

IMO if a companion parrot is an integral part of the family, they are much more likely to pick up on our moods, than those who are tucked away, if you know what I mean.
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Re: Macaw energy

Toos as well... you should see my poor bird after a football game.....poor thing gets exhausted! LOL
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Toos as well... you should see my poor bird after a football game.....poor thing gets exhausted! LOL
ROFLMAO!!! Who are you rooting for?
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Toos as well... you should see my poor bird after a football game.....poor thing gets exhausted! LOL
ROFLMAO!!! Who are you rooting for?
Patriots, naturally. Last couple weeks had A LOT of yelling, lol
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Re: Macaw energy

Most parrots are very empathic.

They pick up on emotions, and such. That's why high drama situations tend to have high strung parrots, and low drama situations tend to have calmer birds.
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Re: Macaw energy

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Most parrots are very empathic.

They pick up on emotions, and such. That's why high drama situations tend to have high strung parrots, and low drama situations tend to have calmer birds.
How true!!!!! Java the U2 came from a high drama home thus he was high strong when I got him. He was very hard to deal with....
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Re: Macaw energy

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Most parrots are very empathic.

They pick up on emotions, and such. That's why high drama situations tend to have high strung parrots, and low drama situations tend to have calmer birds.
I absolutely used to not think this was true. But I definitely agree with it now. There are some days where I am very high strung and Kyleigh follows me right along. Then my mellow days she brings it down a bit.

I read that some parrots are "overly energetic" and could possibly need a diet change (less carbs, fruits, sugar). Would anyone agree?
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Re: Macaw energy

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Toos as well... you should see my poor bird after a football game.....poor thing gets exhausted! LOL
I always put mine away for a football game. My brother jumps up and cheers really loud. It makes Rupert jump and he flies into the window. He doesn't mind loud. Just not sudden. Even the sudden sound of a pin dropping makes him turn his head.
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