Goober loves snuggling, and wrestling!! The Hahn's Macaw we had loved to just be on your shoulder, chattering away, dancing and interacting, with the occasional head scratch which was demanded by a pinch to the ear or neck
Abby: I find that mini macaws act in a very similar way really. I have found though that with some Hahn's macaws they can be a little bit shy, I don't really know though. I'd rather have a normal macaw personally but hey, I'd like one of everything so I'd take a mini macaw if I had the chance. I love yellow-collared macaws :biggrin5:
Nanay: I have found that they don't seem to be extremely cuddly but they do want to play a lot. They (as Jenny said) love to wrestle with you!
I've found that the species smaller than the Severes don't like to wrestle - the bigger macaws are more mouthy and hands on. Hahns, Illigers, Yellow Collard, and Nobles are all similar in that they like their snuggles and interactions but not so much the man-handling The bigger macaws are much more hands on, not necessarily more snuggly, but there's more bird to mess with, so when you're scratching on them, you can get your whole hand up under those wings and rub there's just nothing like it!
I think I know what you mean. That is why I fell in love with the blue throat. It is amazing to pet her. There is nothing like it.
She is actually still in the store, but I think she it too much bird for me, even though I really do love her. I taught her to do a high five in three attempts using clicker training. In one session she was targeting, doing a high five, and turning around, although the turn around was not reliable at all.
Perhaps if I had started with her when she was in pin feathers, the way I did with Ashlynn, she would not bite so hard. She bites really hard. I am told her clutchmate never bites too hard, but she is obviously not her clutchmate.
All Macaws are mouthy, but some are rougher than others. Goober can be rough but my hands are used to it. And if she bites to hard I give a sharp "eh!" kind of like her noise she makes when I hit a pin feather, and she backs off and stares at me for a minute, then resumes more gently. If you're not used to big beaks, then I highly recommend starting with a baby. I can't tell you how many people who became super comfortable with our Greenwings by playing with them the instant they came out of the nursery. If you learn WITH the bird the rules of beaking and biting, then you're both in tune with eachother's tolerance levels and can handle it better. Not to say you couldn't reach that point with the older birds - just takes more time, is a little more intimidating due to a stronger bite, and has more of a learning curve