Illiger’s Macaw


Illiger’s macaws are playful and intelligent, which can get them into a fair share of trouble. In addition to a wide array of activities to keep them busy, this pet parrot needs positive reinforcement for engaging in those activities. These clownish pet birds need more room to play than that a similar sized parrot. The Illiger’s macaw will begin to feel restricted if a cage suited for an Amazon is used for more than just sleeping. Keeping your house bird-safe is important because Illiger’s macaws will find their way through everything. These affetionate birds will often follow their owners around. Because of their tendency to enjoy crawling under blankets or cushions, it is important for owners to watch their step.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Illiger’s macaws require more fat in their diet than other parrots, so provide a healthy diet that consists of pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are prolific chewers and are susceptible to overgrown beaks, so provide plenty of hard toys for them to chew on. They are also susceptible to papillomas, proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), polyomavirus, psittacosis and vitamin-A sensitivity. Not enough stimulation, interaction and exercise can lead to behavior difficulties. Provide your mini macaw with the largest cage possible, rotate toys often and provide plenty out-of-the-cage time to reduce any behavior problems. Illiger’s macaws tend to be noisy when surrounded by a loud environment.

Expert Advice

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Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
South America
Medium, up to 16 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 years
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