Red bellied Macaw
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Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to " Macaws " web page for general details on the housing of Macaws or read on for specific details for this parrot.
Red bellied Macaws tend to be nervous birds and these birds prefer a secluded aviary. They are not a large macaw and prefer an aviary of about 4 metres long. Can be housed and bred in a suspended cage if they have access to an aviary during the non breeding season.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Macaws " web page for general details on the feeding of Macaws or read on for specific details for this parrot.
The natural diet consists almost exclusively of fruit from the Buriti and Mauritia palms.
Red bellied Macaws have a reputation of becoming obese very easily in captivity. Obesity can reduce their ability to breed successfully and reduce their lifespan. Obesity may cause a range of healthy problems in these birds.
A balanced aviary diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and greenstuffs with a range of nuts plus a restricted standard seed mix. The seed mix to include sunflower seed.
Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared. If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season. Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed. If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
It is important to have a strong "chew proof"
ladder (10 gauge wire mesh is often used ) on the inside of the nest box, below the
entry hole to allow the birds to climb down to the floor of the nest instead of
jumping. The internal ladder is essential in nest boxes that are in
a vertical or near vertical position. The ladder also allows the birds to
easily and safely exit the nest. With nests placed in a horizontal or near
horizontal position a ladder may not be required.
Breeding: Egg Colour White. Clutch/s per year 1 - 2. Eggs per nest 2 - 4. Incubation approx. 25 - 27 days. Fledge approx. 10 - 12 weeks. Independent .. Usually by 16 weeks of age.
Nest boxes are best positioned so the nest inspection can be carried out from outside the aviary. Nest inspection is best done when the adult birds are out of the nest.
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.