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Mini-Macaw Readers'Stories Chapter Two

Bird owners share thier experience living with a mini-macaw

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Hahn's mini-macaw
Hahn's macaw

Cosmo
Courtesy Jennifer Falck, Florida

I live with an adorable Hahn’s mini-macaw named Cosmo. There is never a dull moment with Cosmo around! He is quite a chatter box, he likes to be snuggled and he gives kisses. He is in love with Lani, one of my sun conures, and they like to snuggle together in Cosmo’s cozy hut and splash around in the water dish. One of Cosmo’s favorite foods is almonds. He is very finicky about his food and hates to get his beak messy. He mimics everything, from the dogs barking to the vacuum cleaner. I think my favorite thing about Cosmo is when he says, “I love you” in his little Donald Duck voice. 

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Hahn's mini-macaw
Hahn's macaw

Lucy
Courtesy Kathy Basham, Texas

Meet our Hahn’s macaw Lucy. She is 4 years old and the highlight of our home. Although she shares her Texas digs with our blue-and-gold macaw, Visa, – Lucy rules the roost. We purchased her at 18 months old. Her family at the time was being transferred out of the country, and my husband happened upon her at the pet store where we buy food and toys. He was walking down the aisle when he heard someone say, “Ah choo.” He looked around, and there was Lucy. Sneezing. And when you tell her “Bless you” she says, “Ah choo” again. This will go on for as long as you want to play. If she is in the room with you and wants your attention, she’ll say, “Ah choo.” And if you don’t acknowledge her, she’ll repeat it louder and louder until you pay attention to her. She speaks in context in so many ways. When she's hungry she'll say, “Are you hungry?” You can walk in and out of the house all day long, but the minute you are really leaving she’ll say, “Byeee.” She is so clever to know the difference.

She also rides on your shoulder, clicks and says, “Giddy up.” She loves for you to cover her with your hand, and when you lift it up she pops up and says, “Peek-a-boo." Anytime you give her something in her bowl to eat, she bends down and says, “Mmm, that good?” Unfortunately, she also cries and exactly in my voice. Our son was serving in Iraq last year and his best friend was killed. I must have cried for days, and now when Lucy feels sad she says, “I’m going to cry. Wah wah wah.” We are blessed to have her in our lives. 

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Hahn's mini-macaw
Hahn's macaw

Sophie
Courtesy Kelly Bowland, Michigan

Sophie is my baby girl. She rescued me 5 1/2 years ago when her previous mom could no longer keep her. She has been quite an adventure. She taught me all sorts of words, phrases, games, what toys are fun and what things are scary. We've learned so much from each other. When she first adopted me, she was terrified of men, especially those wearing baseball hats. Since then, I've socialized her with different men and now, my boyfriend has become hers. Her big heart breaks each time he has to leave. She plays quietly until I wake up, when I am greeted with a big "Hi!" and some kisses. She may be a little girl, but she definitely thinks she's one of the big guys. I can't imagine not sharing my life with my little princess.

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yellow-collared mini-macaw
yellow-collared macaw

Milo
Courtesy Christina Young, Pennsylvania

This is my yellow-collared mini-macaw, Milo. He's quite a little character. I purchased him as a baby, just 8 weeks old and still crying. I fell in love with this little lump of feathers instantly. He quickly came into his own and has become quite a pistol! He is very acrobatic, often hanging upsidedown from the very top of his pagoda-shaped cage and babbling in all sorts of weird ways. I often think he sounds possessed! But he is just so happy, he needs to sing it out loud. He will not stay on a playstand. It's either in the cage or with me. He loves to play, climbing all over you and happily singing, “Hello” every time you make eye contact. He can get a bit nippy at times. He is still a baby and still learning. When he nips, I firmly tell him, “No” and he always follows with a happy “Hello” as to say he is sorry and he loves me. I hand-fed him, which was a great bonding experience. Milo loves to play with birdie balls and small toys he can throw with his beak. He is always eating, nonstop, and he will try just about any food you give him. When another family member is holding him and he spots me, he tries his hardest to fly to me and if he doesn't make the flight he will happily continue his journey on foot.

He's my little love bug, constantly kissing me, and he loves to play peek-a-boo under the sofa. I was told, before I purchased Milo, that mini-macaws are clownish little characters, and this is so true. He makes me laugh daily and his “Hellos” always bring a smile to my face and brighten my day.

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severe macaw
Severe macaw

Tulip
Courtesy Kathryn Joneson, Illinois

I have a severe macaw, Tulip. She came as a weaned baby into the store where I work. As a result of her wings feathers being trimmed too short, she hurt herself a few days after we got her. Because she needed some special attention I fell in love with her and had to take her home.

She is very special to me. Not only is she a little monkey, she will let me do just about anything I want with her. She is also extremely affectionate and playful. She also can be very challenging. Foraging toys are her favorite. I haven't found one yet that she can't get the treats out within minutes of hanging it in her cage! If I don't tighten everything with pliers, she is able to take everything down in her cage. Lately, she would rather figure out how to take the toys down than play with them.

One of her favorite things to do with me is cuddle while I am watching TV. She loves to hang upside down in my hand and grab her tail with one foot while she hangs on with the other. I don't think there is much I couldn't do with her, she trusts me completely. The other thing I love about her is her appetite. She loves all of the fresh fruits and veggies I feed her. In the latest BIRD TALK magazine, there was and article on quinoa and the great benefits. So I tried it on all of my birds in the veggie mixture I give them, and they love it.

Tulip got off to a rough start, but because that happened, she came in to my life and I couldn't be happier. The only problem she has is she likes to chew her feathers, I have taken her to my avian vet, had blood work done and still have not been able to figure out why she does this. I think its because her wing feathers were cut so short from the beginning, and it was irritating to her. She has completely molted and gotten her flight feathers in but has not stopped, now it has become habitual. Maybe as she gets older she will stop, but either way I love her and wouldn't change anything about the way she is. 


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yellow-collared mini-macaw
yellow-collared macaw

Captain Morgan (Cappy)
Courtesy Jan Bolduc, Massachusetts

I have had Cappy (Captain Morgan), my yellow-collared mini-macaw, for 10 years. He has been a challenge at times but is mostly a love bug. He travels with us in our motorhome to Nascar races and on vacations. He always rides on my shoulder looking out the driver’s mirror watching for big trucks. When he sees one coming, he runs under my shirt and onto my shoulder to hide and comes out when I tell him it’s gone.

He has been my life saver. I went through a battle with depression a few years ago. He was always there for me with a cheery laugh and a loveable kiss whenever I needed him. A little over a year ago, I had total hip replacement. He went to my avian vet during my stay in the hospital. Dad went and got him when I came home. He had missed me as much as I had missed him.

Last July I was fortunate to adopt a 10-year-old Congo African grey parrot. Cappy accepted him the first day. They are great companions now. However, Cappy knows he is my pride and joy.  

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Hahn's mini-macaw
Hahn's macaw

Sammi
Courtesy Debbi De Baeke, California

My Sammi is a Hahn's macaw and came into my life a little over a year ago when she was 3 months old. I had never been owned by a macaw before, but I've always loved them. I already had a green-cheeked conure named Bela.
 
Almost right away Sammi and I bonded. She has brought such joy in my life. She's intelligent and very funny, a fast learner and wants to please. She loves to snuggle, and cuddle and kiss. She climbs down my shirt and loves to be carried around like a baby with just her little head sticking out!
 
I love to sing, and when I do, she sings along with me. Not words, just sound. When it's an upbeat song she bobs her head and dances with me. When it's a blues sound she sings soft and low. I swear she's Billie Holiday reincarnated. And, we didn’t teach her any of this.
 
I trained both her and Bela to wear flight suits, and during the summer we spend a lot of time outdoors hiking or just sitting on the deck.
 
Each evening we have Happy Hour. We have snacks and they have black cherry juice in a wine glass and I have something stronger in a wine glass. It's a very precious time for us!
 
My little Hahn's macaw is a gift to me, and I can't imagine life without her. 

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severe mini-macaw
Severe macaw

Polly
Courtesy Edda Catlin, New York

Someone gave me a severe macaw about two years ago. Her name is Polly, and she is a very sweet bird. She loves me to pieces, but won't let anyone else near her or me. When I first got her, she used to slide off my shoulder, and her feet where pure white. I asked the vet as to why, he did not have an answer. The only thing he could come up with was that she is old. But she was only about 10 years old. Then i figured it out. She only had one perch in the cage, and it was so big that she could not get her feet around it. There was no circulation in the feet. Now after two years, she can hold on but has very little strength in her feet. Please let people know that they need the right size perch for their birds. I love her to pieces, and the feeling is mutual.
  

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