The red bellied macaw subsists on a diet almost entirely composed of palm nuts; these birds are kept in aviaries, and you can look at a photo to see one.
In the wild, these birds are found in the palm groves of the Amazon basin. They feed almost exclusively on the palm nuts and nests in holes in the palms. These bright birds are very rare as pets, because they are difficult to breed and keep.
The correct taxonomy of this species is uncertain. For many years it was placed in the genus Ara because of the birds’ size and bald facial mask, but nowadays some scientists place it in the genus Orthopsittaca. So, the correct name of the species is Orthopsittaca manilata.
The macaw landing foundation is dedicated to preservation of this species; aviaries are necessary for the birds’ health and welfare which is why breeders use them.
The macaw diet is mostly vegetarian. Macaw eggs are valuable because most macaws are endangered or rare.
Macaw babies are lucky to be born into a long life; if it is kept in an aviary, the bird stands the chance of living up to 80 years.
Buying a parrot you should know about this pet a lot. It is recommended to read as much as possible on the subject and ask other owners about possible problems with the pet. Owning a parrot is a long-term responsibility.
Parrots are not the easiest pets, because they require enough place in the enclosure, especially large species, need fresh fruits and high quality food regularly; require communication and cannot be left alone for a long time. Most of them are rather noisy and not all can mimic words.
Large parrots, such as macaws that reach up to 40 inches in body length, live up to 80 years in captivity. So, their period of adolescence happens at the age of 5-15 years, when they are rather irritable and difficult to deal with. You can buy birds from online but it’s often wiser to buy chicks directly from a breeders near you.
Parrots were America’s fastest-growing pet choice in the 1900’s; a lot of captive bred chicks were sold to families. Only in several years people discovered that the majority of parrots make terrible pets, though they are smart and affectionate.
There are so many macaw species that it’s hard to choose; take a look at a photo of these birds to help you make your decision. Such popularity became detrimental for these shy birds – some of them are completely died out because of pet trade and habitat destruction; others survive only in captivity thanks to breeders. Some large individuals cost up to $3000.
There are about 30 various parrots in the genus Ara; the majority of them inhabit tropical forests and savannahs of South and Central America; some are found in Africa. The bright plumage and ability to mimic words made these birds very popular as pets.
Macaw care requires effort, time, and understanding on the owner’s part; chicks require careful maintenance by a good breeder. These birds cannot live in cold climates; they require a large outdoor enclosure with a warm shelter for spending the night and making nests. The cage should be made of strong metal mesh; as these birds, especially larger species have very strong bills.
In the wild these parrots feed on a variety of plant matter: fruits, seeds, buds, nuts, insects and young leaves. In captivity they should be fed the same food with vitamin and mineral supplements. Babies can be easily hand fed.
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