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Super aggressive on top of cage?

So I adopted a 4 year old Macaw yesterday after being out several times to meet him. I started noticing at their house that he gets very territorial and aggressive when he's on top of his 7 foot cage. It's the kind with the 3 half-moons shapes that is tallest in the middle.
When he was out today-any time he's taller than you he get's very full of himself and refuses to go back into the cage.
I was wondering if there is anyway to curb this behavior, or if there is something I can get that's slippery so he won't want to go up there? Maybe those linolium sticky squares or something.? This is definitely NOT a problem I want to deal with serveral times a day.
I'm at a loss, have any of you ever dealt with this or have any ideas that would be greatly appreciated (and no, treats don't even work. He's a very quick snatcher and grabs the snack (which is what she told me to do-lure him into the cage with some bread), then laughs, and eats it up top. Lil buggar =P
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To be honest many birds are cage aggressive. I just open my birds doors and let them come out by themselves to save any unnecessary stress on both accounts. Maybe have a separate area he can go to to hang out? Like a play stand or something? Perhaps get him to step up on to a perch to remove him from the top of the cage and move him to a stand, then cover his cage so he is not tempted to go back to his castle

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LOL thank you....it's just a HUGE pain in my booty at night when its time to go to bed, and hes already cranky anys so REALLY doesn't wanna dome down lol.

The lady I got him from never covered his cage at night...what do ya'll use to cover such big cages that the birds don't just pull through the wire and shred:
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Huge bed sheets for the duvet
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Can you get him to step on a perch to move him... I have to do that with my bipolar can opener parrotlet.
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Eventually...it depends on his mood. Noticed if it's yucky outside or close to or after sunset he gets VERY grumpy...plus he's going through a hell of a molt right now. He's definitely getting better....could also be he's getting more used to me...his mom before me used to let him be VERY mouthy with her...and I don't stand for that crap...tongue only or very very gentle nibbles. He's now saying "sorry" when I yell OW!...don't know if he understands what the sorry means but he does say it and not bite hard again for at least awhile.
I haven't been letting him crawl up past my forearm when he's on me-I've heard that shoulder riding by large parrots can cause dominance issues (which he already seems to have). Is this true?

Thank ya'll so much. I'm sure I'll have way more questions...like I said I've only had cockatiels before and you can kind of spoil the crap out of them and they're still good birds (mine are at least, and they even ride around on my head, and never ever bite or get mean).
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That actually sounds PERFECT! Get a king sized, have it open at the end you are supposed to shove the comforter part in, and put it on top of the cage....ingenious =)
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