What Species of Parrots Make the Best Pets?

Let’s start with parrots falling under a definite no. 

Kea for one. The New Zealand Alpine parrot lives in the snowy mountains and is really smart but extremely destructive.

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Thank You for Recommending Tropican by HARI

Jen M. writes, 


Hi, we just wanted to thank you for the Hagen Tropican recommendation!


We ordered the sticks.


Our macaw just loves them and they smell amazing!


I feel so good knowing that I’m feeding them healthy food.


I had no idea that Zupreem had sugar in it and all that color can’t be good.


We also ordered the Prime Vitamin per your recommendation.



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The Ultimate List Of 43 Macaw Species With A Focus On Large Macaws

This first list is of “mother nature made” Large Macaw Parrots


  • Blue & Gold Macaw
  • Blue Throat Macaw (endangered)
  • Buffon’s Macaw aka Great Green Macaw
  • Green Wing Macaw
  • Hyacinth Macaw
  • Lears Macaw
  • Military Macaw
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Spinx Macaw


An abbreviated science lesson as to how large hybrid macaws are bred by humans:


(Videos of all macaw species we could gather are below for your visualization, education, and entertainment)


  • Buffon’s + Green Wing = Buffwing Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Buffons = Bluffons Macaw
  • Green Wing + Military = Calico Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Hyacinth = Caloshua Macaw (no video available)
  • Scarlet + Catalina = Camelot macaw
  • Green Wing + Calico = Cameo Macaw
  • Scarlet + Camelot = Capri Macaw
  • Catalina + Blue and Gold = Catablu Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Scarlet = Catalina Macaw
  • Catalina + Green Wing = Flame Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Harlequin = Harligold Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Green Wing = Harlequin Macaw
  • Harlequin + Green Wing = Jubilee Macaw
  • Harlequin + Catalina = Maui Sunrise Macaw (no video available)
  • Blue Gold + Red Front = Maui Sunset Macaw
  • Hyacinth + Military = Milicinth Macaw
  • Blue Gold + Military =  Miligold Macaw
  • Buffon’s + Green Wing = Miliffons Macaw (no video available)
  • Ruby + Catalina = Rubalina Macaw
  • Green Wing + Scarlet – Ruby Macaw
  • Scarlet + Military = Shamrock Macaw
  • Scarlet + Miligold = Starlight Macaw
  • Harlequin + Scarlet = Tropicana Macaw
  • Scarlet + Buffon’s = Verde Macaw


Not to be confused with this list of smaller or “Mini Macaws”

(a Mini Macaw blog post will be found here)



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Why Does My Macaw Regurgitate in Her Cage Daily?
Ara ararauna. Blue-yellow macaw parrot portrait. Ara macaw parrot

Why Does My Macaw Regurgitate in Her Cage Daily?

Charles S. relates


My bird is 14 years old. I have had him/her since being a baby!


Every day she regurgitates about a cup full in her cage!


When I leave her with an experienced bird keeper she does not do this!


They indicated that I may be petting her in a way that arouses her and that may be the problem.


She has been doing this for years.


Could it be how I’m feeding her? Usually, I feed her orange slices, 1 cracker, 2 peanuts, and a scoop of Zupreem twice a day.


Plus I give her another couple of peanuts as a treat during the day?



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How Does My Family Keep Our Blue & Gold Macaw as My Parents Age?

Kirstin B. relates


I have a blue and gold macaw parrot. He has been in the family since he was a baby.  Sadly my great uncle was the one who got him and died shortly thereafter.

He has gone through 2 other family members until sitting with me and my dad.


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Which Larger Parrot Species Is the Least Difficult to Take Care of?

Thank you for acknowledging a category for “large macaws,” you’ve been paying your due diligence.

My knowledge base comes from operating a  website that sells exclusively to pet bird keepers.

You can read about 1400 posts I’ve written on pet bird care.

Re: “Please don’t kid yourself there are no large parrot species that is any less difficult than the other to take care of” (below).

First, off one person’s, anecdotes should not be a driver on how to create a single bird or a flock’s environment.

Re: “ I recently bought a brand new TV and thanks to my parrot it has a crack in the screen”


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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?

Linda L. would like to know:

Is the size of the Tropican Lifetime Parrot granules much bigger than the Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel granules?

Hard to tell from pictures

Dear Linda,

The Cockatiel size granule is 2 mm, the Parrot size granule is 4 mm.

The stick-sized pellet is about 3/4″ x ¼”.


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