Physical Description: 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.
Pricing: Buffon’s Macaws are more expensive than other large Macaws due to their limited availability and high pet quality. Feel free to call our store at (954) 725-0088 for pricing and availability.
Health Guarantee of Our Birds
We have the strongest bird guarantee in the country, and more importantly, we stand behind our guarantee. The guarantee is simple: We guarantee that we are selling you a perfectly healthy bird. To verify that guarantee, within five days you need to go to an Avian Vet and get any and all testing you prefer to do on your bird, at your expense. We can guide you as to the tests we suggest. If the results are not perfect but the bird can be easily treated, then we pay for all medications and all treatment. If the results are unacceptable then we either replace your bird or refund 100% of the purchase price of your bird, at our option.
Bird Guarantee only lasts for the first five days
Since we have 100% control over the bird's environment at our store, but have no control over the bird once it leaves, we can only guarantee the bird for the first five days. We guarantee that when the bird leaves the store that it has been properly socialized, and that it is 100% healthy. Your new bird has been given an excellent start here at Golden Cockatoo, and it is now your responsibility to properly care for your bird. We are always here to help you take the best care of your bird with the biggest variety and best quality bird products available in the world.
Lifetime Guarantee on our Birds
We guarantee that if during your lifetime, you are no longer able to properly care for your bird, or give your bird the attention it need's, we will accept the bird back on consignment and will find another great home for your bird. We do take a 40% commission and charge a nominal daily fee to feed and clean, but you can rest assured that you always have a place for your bird should the need arise. We are the only store in Florida to offer this guarantee as of the year 2000.