Although they are uncommon in captivity, Buffon’s macaws that are kept as pets are intelligent, playful and, when hand-tamed and socialized from a young age, very friendly and sociable. Often mistaken for a military macaw, the Buffon’s macaw is larger, more yellowish-green, with its blue coloring more toward turquoise. They are large, active birds that need sufficient cage space and plenty of toys and materials that they can chew and destroy.
Some macaws can have a tendency to be nippy, so behavior training from a young age and constant positive reinforcement are important. Buffon’s macaws require a high-fat diet and do well with additional protein as well, especially at a very young age. Because Buffon’s macaws are strong fliers as well as very powerful birds, their wing feathers should only be trimmed enough so they can glide to the floor. They also need enough space to fully expand their wings to prevent muscle atrophy.
“Buffon’s macaws have amazing personalities. They are incredibly intelligent.”
Kitty Remington, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Killearn Animal Hospital and Northampton Animal Health Clinic, Tallahassee, Fla.