Red-fronted Macaws are rare in the wild, and it was not until recently that they began to gain in popularity in the pet trade. They are a medium-sized Macaw: larger than a Severe, but smaller than a Military or Blue and Gold. They are mostly green but have red feathers peeking out here and there.
Their foreheads are red, their cheeks are red (which makes them look as if they are always blushing), their legs are red, and their shoulders are red. Their flight feathers and the feathers under their tails are blue. Their faces have a pinkish red color to them, which adds to the illusion that they are always blushing. These Macaws truly have an endearing look to them.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic and you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them.
Origin: These birds are native to the semi-arid area of Bolivia, which is extremely odd for Macaws. The natural vegetation there consists mainly of cacti and thorny trees and scrub, rather than the lush, tropical jungle areas that most parrots hail from.
Trainability: As with most of the large Macaws, Red-fronted Macaws are not for everyone. They are mischievous and playful, and can become quite destructive if bored. We recommend purchasing a weaned, handfed baby. Birds naturally fledge from the nest and their mothers, so hand-feeding a baby you intend to keep for life is not the best idea. It will only cause more aggression later when the bird becomes confused and frustrated that it cannot leave the “nest.”
Red-fronted Macaws learn quickly and are easy to train with a little effort. They can easily develop a good vocabulary, knowing a few key words and phrases to get what they want. Red-fronted Macaws enjoy showers and will often bathe with their owners.
Many enjoy being outdoors as well, so it is good to find a way to allow your Red-fronted to play outside safely. Generally, we find Red-fronted Macaws to be friendly, but somewhat shy. They are not as rambunctious as some of the other Macaws, and enjoy spending quiet time with you just as much as they enjoy playing. Loudness: Like all Macaws, the Red-fronted Macaw can be quite vocal. Because of this, we don’t recommend them (or any of the large Macaws) for apartment living. If you feel that a quieter, smaller bird is more appropriate for you, there are still many species to choose from.