The blue-throated macaw is a majestic bird that offers many joys as a pet as well as many challenges. Because they are large birds, they require enough living space. They are intelligent and mechanical-minded, so that can learn to open and/or take apart cages. Behavior training is important with this species to prevent excessive chewing; providing appropriate chewing opportunities can help. The blue-throated macaw is a powerful bird yet, at the same time, likes to be silly, to snuggle and loves attention.
In a multiple pet bird household, supervise and keep an eye on the blue-throated macaw, which can become jealous of other birds and turn into a “bully” — no wonder, given its size. This species also has very strong beaks that can take many things apart, including switch plates and thermostat covers, so care needs to be taken to watch them when they are out of their cages. Because the blue-throated macaw’s beak is designed to tear open fruit, many experts believe they need fruit in their daily diet. They also require a diet a bit higher in fat than most bird species.