Military macaws are affectionate, but can be aggressive at times. They make good pet birds for an experienced bird owner. The military macaw enjoys cuddling, but can be a little shy. Owners of the military macaw often describe this pet bird as animated because of its dramatic way of expressing itself. The military macaw is an intelligent and independence bird. They make good companions, especially with the right training so that larger problems do not arise later in its life.
Military macaws require more fat in their diet than other parros, but this species tends to gain weight, so watch its fat intake. Provide them a healthy diet of pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the occasional nut. They are prolific chewers and are susceptible to overgrown beaks, so offer plenty of wood and other hard toys to give their beaks a work out. They are susceptible to papillomas, proventricular dilatation disease (PDD, also known as “macaw wasting” disease), polyomavirus, psittacosis and vitamin-A sensitivity. Keep this pet bird busy by providing challenging toys, such as a puzzle toys, foraging toys and toys to shred and destroy. Because military macaws use their beaks for exploring, owners should not restrict them from using their beaks rather teach proper training to softly use their beak from the start.