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Old 07-10-2018, 02:17 PM
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A little intro on Radar and myself: My family has had a military macaw since he was a chick, he is approximately 19 years old now. We live in northwest Florida near the beach.

I just moved back to my hometown last month, after finishing graduate school, to settle down and be a real adult. Over the past 3 years during holidays at home I have been developing a bond with Radar since my mother is now working full-time and has not been giving him the attention he needs. It took a while, but I believe he is now bonded to me more than my mom. When I approach his cage, he eagerly comes to the door and on to my arm with ease and showers me with kisses. His favorite food is peanuts, but he's very picky about when he eats. (The reward system didn't really work with him. Most of the time he'd sling the peanuts to the floor.) He mainly just likes to hang out with me while I study or watch tv. I also use Aviator Harness with him. He enjoys spending time outdoors but can get overwhelmed at times- still working on that slowly. Also, getting his head out of the harness is an absolute chore- but he forgives me eventually.

I am looking for some further advice to help bring him out of his shell. When I have him out of the cage, he doesn't really play like I've seen other macaws do. He usually just sits next to me, preens me, and rest his beak on my nose. That's about as exciting as it gets. I want him to be comfortable enough to play and be a bird. I'm assuming since he used to spend so much time in a cage maybe he doesn't know how. He doesn't even really play with the toys in his cage. He destroys them violently. It makes me sad to not see a playful side of him.

He also consistently tries to feed me and burrow under my legs. I believe this is mating behavior. I don't encourage it, but he does it every single day and it's really frustrating for both of us- I'm sure.

Anyways...thanks for reading my long post! I look forward to reading more posts and getting to know y'all!

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Sarah

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Old 07-10-2018, 02:35 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

so....Radar is a girl?
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:48 PM
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I honestly don't know if Radar is male or female. I usually just say he/him
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:57 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

As long as you both have fun it doesn't really matter of course.
Sometimes it's good to know just because in certain situations the male/female reactions are quite different (and if you have a male there is no worrie about the bird being eggbound).


Its great to hear about a bird that has been in one home/familie its entire life.
My B&G (not counting breeder and shop) is on her third home since sale, she is 10 y.
The greys have had at least (some of their history is missing) 5 and 7 "homes/owners" that I know of.
You guys did and are doing great in my book!


Maybe you can find out boy/girl if he goes for a full check-up.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:21 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Hello to you and Radar! We could love pictures of him/her !!

I'm glad you are getting back into his life and bonding with him. It sounds like you are doing all the right things. It's terrific that you use a harness with him, safety is key!

As time goes on, there are a few things you should be doing for him.

1.) Vet check! If he hasn't been to the vet in a few years, now would be a great time for a checkup, blood done to ensure he is healthy as he should be.

2. ) Desensitization -- bringing him outside more on his harness and taking longer walks is ideal for getting him more used to being outside, on a harness, all the sounds and people etc. The more you do it, the better he will get at it, and hopefully learn to enjoy.

3. ) Develop a good diet for him if he isn't on one already -- not sure what your mother or you have been feeding him but peanuts are of course not to be had too excessively. Fruits and veggies should be fed daily.

4. ) Be sure to read all of birdman666/s threads about macaws, his advice and insight about macaws is GOLD

5. ) Make sure every single interaction with him is a positive one.

That's all I can think of for now!
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:34 PM
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Hello, and welcome!

You've come to the right place! Lots to learn here, and we'll enjoy hearing from you as your journey with Radar/Radarette continues.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:55 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Thank you all for the warm welcome!

His/her diet is great; fruits/veg/zupreem products/banana chips and stuff. He looks healthy to me and has had no issues with plucking or any of that. I definitely agree- I think desensitization is going to be key. I should also take him to get a checkup. I don't think he's been in quite some time. He hasn't had any health issues. Just a lonely bird. I wish there was a macaw club here or something.

Hopefully, with time and attention, he will get better. I will look up other threads on militarys, but are they generally less playful than B&G/green wings? I was told that military macaws aren't as goofy- but I would imagine there would be too many factors in upbringing to say that for sure.

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Old 07-10-2018, 06:35 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

I have only known one Military well, and as I have stated before, he was SO mischievous. He constantly would steal things, yell right in peoples' faces, throw toys AT people, fly and drop stuff (including poop) on peoples' heads, and just generally disrupt. He was absolutely adorable, but high maintenance! We've had a few Military parronts here, and they characterized their birds as much calmer and more cooperative...

I guess the real takeaway is that every parrot is his/hedr own bird, even within species.

Yours sounds beyond adorable. Thanks for sharing him.
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Welcome Sarah and Radar! You seem to have great instincts dealing with his behaviors. Some birds enjoy playing while others do not. May have to experiment with varied toys - something may spark his interest.

I don't know the Military personality sufficiently to draw meaningful comparisons with other species.
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Radar is a beauty!
I'm really happy you joined us, and look forward to hearing more about you & Radar
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