The breeding season in central Mexico is from May to September. Breeding seasons in these different regions vary due to resource availability and the phenology of sympatric tree species. Military macaws breed every 1 to 2 years. January-November, depending on location
Military Macaw Colors and Markings
Military macaws are mainly green with more bright lime green on the head that progresses into darker and olive greens on the body. They have brilliant blue edging on their wings and a bright red tuft on their foreheads. Their tail feathers include browns and reds with a yellow-olive tint underneath.
These birds have bold black beaks and dark gray legs and feet. Their eyes are framed by the classic bare macaw facial patches, each with concentric rings of small black feathers.military macaw breeding center
This is a monomorphic species, meaning males and females look alike. DNA or surgical sexing are the only ways to determine whether the bird is male or female.
Caring for a Macaw
In captivity, a parrot’s owner becomes the bird’s flockmate. This bird is not a pet that you can buy and ignore; these birds need interaction and mental stimulation. If you don’t oblige them, you will pay the price in wrecked property, bitten fingers, and frustration.2
The cage itself needs to be large—at least 2.5-feet by 3-feet wide and 5-feet tall. If you can, create a dedicated bird-safe room. Be sure to include a large perch inside the cage and have a play stand for time outside its home. The military macaw may become territorial with its cage; limit putting your hands in the cage while the bird is inside it.
Common Health Problems
Macaws may be long-lived birds, but, like all parrots, they are prone to a viral infection called macaw wasting syndrome and overgrown beaks.3 Like other pet parrots, military macaws may resort to self-mutilation by feather plucking if they feel neglected or bored