Illiger’s Macaw (Blue-Winged Macaw)
$1,100.00 – $2,200.00
COMMON NAMES: Illiger’s macaw, Illiger’s miniature macaw, blue-winged macaw
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ara maracana or Primolius maracana
ADULT SIZE: 15 to 17 inches
LIFE EXPECTANCY: About 60 years
Illiger’s macaws are playful, friendly birds that enjoy human interaction. When handfed as babies and raised in loving, attentive homes, these intelligent birds will bond strongly with their owners. The connection can be so strong that the bird will mimic its owner’s emotions. If their owner is sad or happy, the bird will often follow suit. As an owner, if you maintain an even temperament, you will often find it reflected in your compassionate bird.
These birds require a lot of mental stimulation, and they like to stay busy. They want to be part of the action in a home and will often wander around looking for something that piques their interest or will sit on your shoulder to see what you’re doing. Their curiosity and quick wit also help them respond quickly to positive training techniques.
While Illiger’s macaws aren’t known to be particularly loud, they are still macaws, and they do have some vocalizations.
Speech and Vocalizations
An Illiger’s call is often compared to a crow, and you can expect greetings as well as attention-getting calls when they want to play. Some owners have found the noise to be too much. They are moderate talkers, and some individuals can learn several words. They have a clown-like personality and often surprise their owners with witty responses.
Female, Male, Pair