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Old 01-01-2014, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Differences in Military versus Scarlet

This is just for future planning, but I was wondering if anyone could compare/contrast Military and Scarlet personalities and needs. They are close in size and diet and all that, so I'm more interested to know if there was some big difference to consider, or maybe a bunch of subtle differences. I have met many species of macaws at rescues and such, and I love them all, but the personalities of the milis and the scarlets seem harder to sum up and differentiate than say green-wings, B&Gs, or hyacinths.

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That's because they're the more aggressive of the macaw species. I can't comment on personality, as you know, everybirdy is different but green wing and blue and gold are typically a lot more mellow. Scarlet macaws seem to become at the worst after sexual maturity


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I have a friend with a scarlet. His family have kept all sorts of birds and this Scarlett he had as a baby like the rest. Got treated the same. They could do anything with it as a baby but the moment it hit sexual maturity it is untouchable. She will take your fingers off is she can get to you. Scarlett's are one of the most aggressive macaws and I would not recommend them for pets unless your really experienced.
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I've heard that Scarlet macaws tend to be pretty aggressive and stuff, but Military macaws are more even-tempered.
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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.


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Although those birds can do damage, they're not similar in a way purely because of size. A caique beak will draw blood but a macaw beak will break bones I recommend military macaws over scarlets though for sure

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I haven't worked with many Military macs, but Scarlets are the moodiest and most potentially aggressive of the larger macs, in my experience. They are just very unpredictable, so I do not recommend them to anyone who doesn't have experience with big aggressive birds because they have quite the bite. From what I've heard, Mili's can be just as bad, but slightly more stable. Macs in general tend towards moodiness, being mouthy, and hormonal in my experience with the bigger macaws being the most stable and predictable.



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Despite everything, it looks like I was chosen by the Scarlet macaw XD If all goes through, I'll be adopting him this year. He's 30 years old, so there won't be any personality surprises. As it is, I visit him weekly to build our relationship and training before I bring him home. He's a hot mess XD I can't wait though!


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