The Buffon’s Macaw is the larger cousin of the Military Macaw, and they definitely look related! In fact, they could pass for twins. The only noticeable difference between a Military Macaw and a Buffon’s Macaw is the size. Buffon’s Macaws are significantly larger than Military Macaws. They are dwarfed by none and can hold their own with a Hyacinth Macaw – the largest Macaw in the world. They are entirely green, with the exception of the red feathers on their forehead, and the blue flight feathers of their wings. The underside of their tail also has blue and red feathers in it.
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: Central America (Specifically Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Western Colombia, and Ecuador) Trainability: As with most of the large Macaws, Buffon’s 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.” Buffon’s 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. Buffon’s 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 Buffon’s to play outside safely. Generally, we find Buffon’s Macaws to be friendly, outgoing birds.
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. Be carefull not to get hybrid Buffons/Military macaws as they are much smaller and not as nice. Loudness: Like all Macaws, the Buffon’s Macaw can be quite vocal at sunrise and sunset. 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. Buffon’s Macaws are more expensive than other large Macaws due to their limited availability and high pet quality.