Ruby Macaws

Everything you should know….

Size:

Ruby Macaws can become quite large, taking on the girth of their green-wing parent. They can average 40 inches long from beak to tail with a windspan of 40 inches or more.

Average Lifespan:

+60 years

Temperament:

These birds are extremely intelligent, but they need daily socialization and stimulation so that they stay tame. They can also get bored quite easily, so they should be provided with plenty of toys to play with. Handfed Ruby Macaws can be very affectionate, but potential owners should keep in mind that they, like all Macaws, can be quite noisy at times.

Colors:

Ruby Macaws can be one of the most beautiful & colorful of all Macaw species, The wonderful combination of the Scarlet, with it fiery brilliant red plumage & bright yellow & irridescent blue distributed throughout their wings in combination with the variety of greens and distinctive traits that are obtained from the green-wing macaw parrot makes these large parrots a sight to behold.

Feeding:

Ruby Macaws, like all parrots, should be offered a high quality commerical seed/pellet mix in addition to daily servings of a variety of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh, varied diet will make sure that your Ruby Macaw receives adequate nutrition.

Exercise:

Macaws are large birds, and should be provided with ample space and time to play and stretch their muscles. They should be allowed outside of their cages for a minimum of 2 hours a day, and should also be given plenty of chew toys to help them exercise their powerful beaks and jaws.

Cage Requirements:

Minimum size cage is 48” x 36” x 66+” Dome top cages with lots of stimulating chew toys are required. Macaws NEED the largest and strongest cage possible. Play tops are not recommended because they confine and restrict the bird. Free standing perches and/or play stands are highly recommended. Stainless Steel cages always preferred if possible. Corner cages should be avoided. Round Cages are prohibited.

Ruby Macaws as Pets:

Ruby Macaws are hybrid bred parrot (cross between a scarlet macaw and a green-winged macaw) – we are extremely fond of these gorgeous parrots. Their fun and loving personality makes them quite popular. They thrive on human companionship and interaction & love to be cuddled and petted.

The Ruby’s striking plumage is the first reason this parrots draws attention, with a red head and neck, bright yellow and sometimes orange feathers scattered across the center of its back and wings.

Ruby Macaws are typically loveable, outgoing, vocal birds that often love to sing and can obtain a large vocabulary. Don’t let the affectionate Ruby Macaw fool you, they can be somewhat temperamental at times and they need firm, consistent training to help it become a well-socialized bird.

A Ruby Macaw needs a good deal of consistent socialization and training to make it a well-behaved pet. While keeping a Ruby does require a bit of work on the part of the owner, most people who own them will agree that their birds are well worth the effort — and that they are rewarded every day with their birds’ companionship and sweet dispositions.

Like other macaws, this magnificent parrot can have the personality traits of a toddler, including temper tantrums, so patient and consistent behavior training is important. Potential owners should also be aware that macaws can be extremely loud. This may make them a questionable choice for those living in apartments or condominiums. Also, you need to consider the expenses of owning a Ruby Macaw before bringing one home. Veterinary bills, as well as the costs of quality feed, fruits & vegetable, toys, and cages all add up quickly. If you can’t give your bird the best of everything, consider holding off on adopting one until you can.

If you think a Ruby Macaw might be the right bird for you, feel free to contact Michael Carhart at Aviary by the Sea to further discuss this and he will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for your lifestyle.