> Would anyone reccommend Hahn's (aka Noble) Macaws as pets? I saw one
> post with a less-than-favorable view, but would like other opinions.
We've had Mr Chips for two years now and he is a joy. I call him my little
buddy since he likes to cuddle and spend time with me wherever I might be
in the house. He knows when his time out of the cage is and will protest
if the family ignores him during "his" time. He can be fairly loud, but
usually doesn't carry on for long because he knows it doesn't get a
response. He is nowhere near as loud as our blue-fronted Amazon, who
thankfully keeps her shouts to a minimum in the morning and at sunset.
We've found that we need to be consistent with the little guy as he thinks
he is a large macaw. Mattie Sue Athans book, "Guide to a Well Behaved
Parrot" has been an excellent source for us. We no longer let Chips get on
our shoulders and, after a short adjustment period, he is becoming
remarkably well adjusted to staying on our hands. He also seems much
calmer and content. He is smart... He plays peek-a-boo - and says the
word when he does. He tells us when to cover the birds cages with a
"Nite-Nite." He greets us with a "Good Morning." before we start to
uncover the cages. He tells everyone "bye-bye" when they are leaving and
he says it quite loudly when he thinks guests have stayed to long. His
speech is not as clear as an amazon or grey, but it is easily understood
and he continues to learn and relate to new words. I could go on and on,
but hopefully you get the picture.
All the best, and do let the bird pick you. Tom...
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