I am in no way trying to discourage you or say you are not capable of owning a macaw as a first time bird, but.....owning a bird is a lot more different than handling a bird for a few hours. It's kind of like the difference of babysitting kids for a few hours or raising them
. Because, especially the larger parrots, are like perpetual children with power tool mouths
. Speaking of kids....what stage of your life are you in. Making a commitment to own such a large, long-lived species is not to be taken lightly. Are you where you are going to live for the next 30-50 yrs or is there a possibility that you will move. Finding a place to live with a macaw is a little more difficult than with a smaller bird (just the physical space alone, forget about the destructive power of such a bird). You might have loads of time now to spend with your bird, but will it most likely be like this for the birds projected life span? And if not, do you have a backup plan?
Again, I am not saying you shouldn't get a macaw, but sometimes you can research all the info on behavior, personalities, cage and diet requirements, but you have to ask yourself can you honestly deal with the loudness, the destructiveness, and the longevity of such a bird.
For example, I love amazon parrots (especially the blue-fronted, lilac-fronted and double yellow heads). My family owned one for a couple of years when I was a teenager and I loved that bird. Right now, I am pretty stable (house, husband, kids finally school aged
) and I have the room and financial ability to get one. However, I don't think my husband would appreciate a bird that could remove the door moldings faster than he can put them up
and my kids are not mature enough to leave the bird alone when in a mood. Also, right now I don't think I could deal with that--it's not like the bird is ever going to outgrow being loud or chewing up the furniture. Maybe in the future (like when the kids move out
A macaw is beautiful and intelligent and a great companion, but they are big step (plunge) into bird keeping. Is there a particular reason for a large macaw? (they do come in "mini" versions