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I've heard about the same things. So basically, aside from the aggression and temper, they are pretty similar, I guess. I seem to have a thing for bratty birds >.<
I think with a lot of work and proper training the danger level of aggression can be managed, but this scarlet will likely never be a socialized bird, not only due to it's past but also, as you all have said, they are naturally more aggressive birds.
Honestly, the same can be said of caiques. Though there are nice caiques, I've only met one "nice" caique (who is still known to bite and attack) out of 3 other very dangerous ones who would fly at the face or neck and do serious damage. And supposedly hawkheaded parrots are even worse than caiques, so I'm hoping that scarlet macaws are at least not any worse than that. I know some people who have scarlets, but they are very feisty and you have to have a will of steel to handle them.