Training a Macaw
Macaws are great parrots and training a Macaw in the right manner proves to be highly desirable and entertaining. It can get really frustrating at times to train these birds but one can always make this possible by adopting a Macaw at a very young age so that the bird is able to learn the ways and rules of the house.
Macaws are very intelligent birds and the more the time a trainer spends with them the quicker a Macaw will start picking up commands. A trainer can provide cards to the bird and attempt to play with it; the bird will soon learn to hold cards in one claw while pick and throw cards from its beak.
Macaws can also be trained to walk calmly on a thin rope. Parrots can easily and naturally perform this walk on tree branches but need getting used to on a rope. All they require is ample amounts of practice. Trainers can teach them how to take one step at time by moving one claw at a time to the side and cover the distance with ease, without falling at all.
Training the Bird to Talk
Macaws may not be highly fluent but their talking ability is not bad. All they need is training and in no time they will be mimicking. Macaws have an excellent memory and can retain a number of words in their mind. Though they lack the ability to speak fluently, if someone works hard on their speech then it is always possible that Macaws would reply to certain questions asked and would also repeat things when in the mood to.
To teach a Macaw to talk constant interaction is necessary in the form of words. Few words should be repeated over and over till the bird learns it and also the correct use of it. E.g. each time a person enters the room they should greet the bird lively with ‘hello’, soon the bird will learn the word and use it each time a person enters. A tape recorder can also be used to repeat a word over and over so the bird first acknowledges, learns and then starts copying it.