he Mexican military macaw is a medium-sized macaw with mostly green plumage except for a red frontal band and a blue tinge on the back of head. The beak is black with a pale tip, the iris is yellow, and the feet are gray. Approximately 70 cm (27.6 in.)
Diet and Nutrition of a Mexican military macaw
In the wild, Mexican military macaws feast on seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Pet military macaws should eat a similar diet made up of a high-quality seed or pellet mix and fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.
Macaw owners often find that their bird likes to join them for dinner. You can feed them nutritious “people food” on occasion, including small amounts of protein like chicken. If it’s healthy, natural, and generally considered “good for you,” it should be good for your bird as well. The exceptions are avocado, chocolate, and rhubarb, which are toxic to birds.5
Depending on its size, a macaw will eat about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of parrot mix and about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fruit and vegetables every day. You can feed it once in the morning upon waking and at dusk before it goes to sleep. Remove all uneaten food before bedtime.
Exercises of Mexican military macaw
In the wild, Mexican military macaws fly several hundred miles a day. In captivity, regular exercise is essential. Owners should make sure that their pets are allowed a minimum of 2 to 4 hours of playtime outside of their cages every day. This activity time gives the birds a way of stretching their wings, exercising their beaks, and will provide mental stimulation as a bonus.
Mexican Military birds are active, so occupy their time with tasks and activities. Bird-safe toys are a must. One of their favorite activities is chewing, so wood will be your go-to, even if it’s just tree branches. This bird will also appreciate swings, ropes, link chains, and bells.
Toys are also excellent distractions for this curious parrot that may otherwise spend its time screeching, feather-plucking, or chewing things around your home.
Where to Adopt or Buy a Military Macaw
Mexican Military macaws are not as easy to find as the more colorful and popular macaws. Although, the military macaw is bred successfully in captivity, so you should be able to purchase a military macaw from a reputable breeder or adoption agency. These birds cost about $2,500. Some online sources where you can find military macaws include:
- Rescue the Birds