Severe Macaw Behavior
The Severe Macaw is a friendly and fun bird. One of the larger miniature macaws, the bird is a favorite of those who want a small companion with an exuberant personality. The Severe Macaw is capable of learning to speak very well and enjoys playing with people as well as other birds.
Training your Severe Macaw may prevent many bad behaviors. If your bird was not trained or socialized while young, it is still possible to solve these problems. Here are some problems that Severe Macaws may develop, along with possible causes and solutions.
Severe Macaw Screeching
One of the most common problem behaviors in the Severe Macaw is repetitive screeching. These birds are vocal by nature, and some screeching can be considered normal. But if it occurs non-stop, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. We can show you how to train your severe macaw to say I love you instead of scream for attention.
If your Severe Macaw starts screeching suddenly, it could be that he is reacting to a change in his environment. It’s also possible that he has a health problem, is not eating a proper diet, or isn’t getting enough sleep. If none of these things are the cause of his excessive vocalizations, he is probably screeching to get attention.
The key to stopping screeching that is done to get your attention is ignoring it. If you don’t, you’re giving the bird exactly what he wants. So the next time he wants attention, he will remember that the screeching worked last time and do it again.
When your Severe Macaw also known as the Chestnut Fronted Macaw starts screeching, leave the room and do not acknowledge him in any way. Then, when he is calmer, teach him to say a certain word, make a more pleasant sound, or perform a certain action. When he does whatever it is that you want him to do, reward him with attention and a treat. After you’ve reinforced this a few times, through positive reinforcement, and a lot of patience on your part, it will become a habit.
Severe Macaw Biting
Even though Severe Macaws are friendly birds, they may develop a habit of biting. They are excitable birds, and they may respond to perceived threats by nipping. Their small beaks do not cause as much pain as larger macaws, but it is important to let them know that this is not an acceptable behavior.
If your Severe Macaw bites you, do not pull away and scream, and don’t let him have his way. If he is biting to keep from being put in his cage, obliging him will only reinforce the behavior. Instead, try your best not to react. This is often a difficult thing to do. A bird lunging at you will instinctively cause you to react.
However it is important to train yourself to remain calm and not react first. If you react then your Macaw may get a little satisfaction from your response and try it again. Learn the signs that your bird is about to bite, and try to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Severe Macaw Feather Plucking
Feather plucking is a problem of unhealthy or unhappy birds. If your Severe Macaw starts pulling out his feathers, it’s best to take him to the vet. If no health problems are found, the problem is probably emotional.
Birds who pluck may simply be bored. Make sure your companion has ample time out of his cage every day, and that he has plenty of toys to play with. Talk to him, play with him, and train him to do new things.
Feather plucking may also be a result of fear. Changes in the bird’s environment and new people or pets are common sources of fear and phobias in macaws. Changing things back to the way they were, or gradually introducing the bird to the thing he is afraid of, should help.