The “Friendly” Severe Macaw
Considered to be a very social bird, Severe Macaws can be a wonderful companion for adults as well as children. Highly intelligent, the Severe Macaw can be taught to speak in sentences, learn new tricks, and is generally thought of as a charming and easily cared for pet.
One of the endearing qualities of Severe Macaws or, otherwise known as the Chestnut Fronted Macaw, is that they love to be held and cuddled. Our training teach you how to get your Severe to love spending time with you.
When acquiring a Severe, most owners recommend buying a medium stainless steel cage, as well as a myriad of toys and perches.
In addition, because Severe Macaws love to chew, providing them with an abundance of durable toys is preferable.
The Severe Macaw not only loves the water, but climbing as well. Their inquisitive nature requires they forage, explore, and generally perform acrobatic feats which are both enjoyable for them as well as for their owners.
Stimulating Severe Macaws
Including climbing toys in their cage as well as toys that engage their curiosity will help keep your Severe Macaws stimulated.
A bored Macaw is a troublemaker! Behavior problems, resulting from boredom, poor diet, stress, lack of sleep or exercise and other things lacking in their environment can include screaming, biting, and feather plucking. Regular Severe Macaw Training using positive reinforcement and socialization are keys to raising and keeping a happy and healthy Severe Macaw.
Severe Macaws & Their Diet
Exercise and good nutrition are essential to keep Severe Macaws healthy and happy. Natural pellets, fruits, leafy green vegetables as well as bean mixes are all part of their daily staple. Natural is important because pesticides are not natural to a Macaw’s environment – they cannot process them, neither can the process artificial chemicals, sweeteners, or preservatives.
Additionally, buying organic fruits and veggies is optimal, however thorough cleaning and peeling will take care of the majority of chemical residue. Regular grooming includes frequent baths or showers to keep them from picking at their feathers as well as keeping their feathers from drying out.
You know, as members of the parrot family, macaws are generally strong birds that mostly live in rainforests and rock formations. They forage for food in treetops and along clay licks. The point is that when an owner acquires a Severe Macaw, (Ara Severa) for example, anything that can be done to duplicate their living conditions in the wild is a good thing.
For example, one can hide treats and food or toys in the bottom of the cage. This enables them to forage just as they would in the wild. Having plenty of water in their cage also resembles the rainforests in which they live, as they tend to bathe and have a good time splashing around in the water. This allows them to feel right at home in their new environment.
As with most macaws, their intelligence demands that interaction and stimulation is part of their daily routine. When they become bored, they act out in a mischievous and belligerent manner. However, with proper training they are the best companions one can have.
They are also known to enjoy playing with objects of different sizes and textures in the wild. So too, providing them with toys that mimic those found in the wild is a plus. The Severe Macaw is generally a very social bird, both in the wild and in captivity, and they will form a strong bond with their owner.
Their social nature also means they tend to be noisy birds, a typical Macaw trait. Owners will become accustomed to a ruckus both in the morning and in the evenings – social happy hour in the wild. Their social nature means they require a great deal of attention and affection from their owners.
Severe Macaws are loved by owners who have had the privilege to hand raise them. For others, they are simply pure joy to have in their homes. Among all of the macaw species, the Severe Macaw is considered by far the best choice for families with children.