Chestnut-fronted macaw, or Severe macaw(Ara severa)
Genus – ara
The Chestnut-fronted macaw is mostly green in color with patches of red and blue on the wings. The head has a chestnut brown patch just above the beak. The beak is black and the patches around the eyes are white with lines of small black feathers. It is the only one of the miniature macaws that has lines of feathers in the bare patches around its eyes. It is 45–50 cm (17.5–19.5 in) long and weighs 300–410 g (11–14 oz).
The Severe's natural habitat runs from eastern Panama in Central America south as far as Bolivia and Brazil.
The Severe macaw is a social and friendly mini macaw, and a great choice if you want a smaller macaw. These mini macaws are intelligent and eager for attention and play. They have a good disposition and respond well to handling and training. But they are a typical macaw and can be cranky at times and may prefer only one person or only one gender.
Their natural diet consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, green leafy matter and flowers.
The Chestnut-fronted macaw nest in a hole in a tree. The eggs are white and there are usually two or three in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 70 days after hatching.
Their lifespan is listed as anything from 30 to 80 years of age.
While Severe macaws are known to be very social, all parrots require a certain amount of training to ensure that the bird remains tame. Make sure that you at least two hours to spend with your pet each day.
Without socialization and adequate mental stimulation, Severe macaws can grow bored and depressed, which can lead to destructive behavior and stress-related illness.
Severe macaws can be fun pets, but they require time and specialized care that not everyone can provide. They thrive on family time because it replicates the feeling of a flock, and, unlike some other parrots, they don't tend to become strictly one-person birds.
Another consideration before you commit to this bird is the cost of ownership. In addition to the initial layout for the bird, think about the avian veterinarian bills, high-quality feed, and the accessory costs for a cage, play stand, and toys.
Even for a smaller macaw, this bird needs a cage sized for a large macaw that is at least 5-feet tall and 3-feet wide and 2-feet long. These birds need room to stretch out their wings fully and ample space to move about the cage without hindrance.
Feed your Severe macaw a varied diet consisting of high-quality seed and pellet mix and daily offerings of fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables. Each macaw, depending on its size, will eat about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of parrot mix and about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fruit and vegetables every day. You can feed it once in the morning upon waking and at dusk before it goes to sleep.
Fruits that are good to feed to macaws include apples, pears, plums, cherries, grapes, oranges, bananas, mangos, papayas, and berries. Healthy vegetables include carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and leafy greens. Never feed avocado, chocolate, or rhubarb; these foods are toxic to birds. As a treat, offer nuts like macadamias, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and hazelnuts.
Severe macaws might be smaller macaws, but they are all muscle. In the wild, a Severe macaw might fly several hundred miles a day looking for food. It is essential to provide sufficient exercise for your pet to maintain a healthy body.
Pet Severe macaws should be given a minimum of two to four hours playtime outside of their cage each day. This out-of-cage time will enable the bird to stretch its muscles and exercise its wings and beak.
You should also provide your bird with many toys. They are intelligent birds and will thoroughly enjoy any puzzles or games you can give them. To keep your bird stimulated, rotate its toys often, so it always feels like it has a new toy.