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Think you've got what it takes to keep a pet Macaw? If you think you can hang with these powerful parrots, then take a look at this great list of popular pet Macaw species. From large Macaws to Mini Macaws and everything in between, the species profiles and information here will help you think through the commitment involved in owning one of these parrots, and ultimately help you decide if a Macaw is the right bird for you!

Blue and Gold Macaws

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Intelligent and sociable, the Blue and Gold Macaw usually does well as a pet when the owners are dedicated, responsible, and well informed. They are large birds, and as such are capable of extremely loud vocalizations. Because of this, they may not be the best choice for those who live in apartments and condominiums, or that have small children.

Greenwing Macaws

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If you want an affectionate bird, then the Greenwing Macaw might be the bird for you. In fact, these gorgeous parrots are known to many as "the Gentle Giants" due to their sweet dispositions. They are highly responsive to training, and must be given adequate attention and bonding time due to their social natures. Those interesting in adopting a Greenwing Macaw should make sure that they have enough time to spend with their new bird.

Hahn's Macaws

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These little guys are the smallest of the Macaws -- and about as easygoing as it gets. Social and intelligent, they respond quickly to training and form close bonds with their owners. Capable of learning many tricks and behaviors, Hahn's Macaws can become quite good talkers with practice. While they do exhibit many typical macaw behaviors such as screaming, they are a good choice for the bird lover that wants a macaw, but isn't quite ready to take on such a large bird.

Hyacinth Macaws

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Hyacinth Macaws are the largest of the Macaws, and arguably the hardest to care for. Because these birds demand more time and attention than other species, Hyacinth Macaws are definitely not the right pets for just anybody. Large, beautiful, and intelligent, they can be quite alluring -- but resist the temptation to bring a Hyacinth home without thoroughly thinking it through!

Hybrid Macaws

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Hybrid Macaws are unlike any other macaw species out there -- they are literally crosses of many popular macaw species, bred strictly for color and pet quality. Because these birds are of mixed heritage, they possess the combined personality traits of the species that were crossed to produce them. Only an experienced owner with a thorough understanding of Macaw behavior should consider a hybrid.

Illiger's Macaws

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Illiger's Macaws are playful, friendly birds that enjoy human interaction. When handfed as babies and raised in loving, attentive homes, these intelligent parrots will bond strongly with their owners and will quickly respond to positive training techniques. They require a lot of mental stimulation and they like to stay busy, so an Illiger's Macaw is not for owners that don't have plenty of time to spend with their pets.

Military Macaws

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Social and very vocal, Military Macaws have a reputation for being pleasant, even-tempered pets when handfed as babies and properly socialized. Military Macaws are curious birds, and they enjoy playing and interacting with their human "flock." Those interested in owning a Military Macaw should make sure that they have plenty of free time to spend with their new bird.

Scarlet Macaws

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These birds are extremely intelligent, but they need daily socialization and stimulation so that they stay tame. They can also get bored quite easily, so they should be provided with plenty of toys to play with. Handfed Scarlet Macaws can be very affectionate, but potential owners should keep in mind that they, like all Macaws, can be rather noisy at times.

Severe Macaws

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Friendly and comical, the Severe Macaw's large personality makes it a favorite with bird lovers. With adequate socialization, Severe Macaws bond quickly with their owners, responding well to training and boasting impressive speech abilities.

Yellow Collared Macaws

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Affectionate, but somewhat mischievous, the Yellow Collared Macaw has a reputation for being an intelligent and resourceful little parrot. They thrive on attention from their owners, and like other Macaws, will seek that attention by any means necessary. Many Yellow Collared Macaws are little escape artists, so steps should be taken to provide a cage that is safe and secure. Although some are one-person birds, most Yellow Collared Macaws make extraordinary family pets.
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