Can You Keep Macaws As Pets?

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A macaw can be kept as a pet. However, there are several things to keep in mind before bringing a macaw into the home. Macaws are very loud creatures, require a large amount of attention and can be destructive. They also have a long lifespan of over 60 years, so it is important to have a home lined up for the bird if it is young.

There are over 17 different species of macaws. Hyacinth, red-fronted, and blue-throated macaws are seriously endangered. The glaucous macaw and Spix's macaw may already be extinct in the wild. It is crucial to research what breeds are legal and illegal. There are several macaws sold on the black market each day for illegal holding. If found, the owner could face jail time, or a fine. Some macaw breeds that are legal to have are blue and gold macaw, military macaw, green-winged macaw, severe macaws, and scarlet macaw.

Prospective macaw owners should research the energy level of the bird, the difficulty level of training, any common health problems and whether the breed is good with other pets and children. Knowing these details about the different breeds helps people determine which breed is the best fit for all family members.