How Do I Handle Red Front Macaw From an Inheritance?

David K. relates,


In search of your wisdom


I have a Red Front macaw from an inheritance and his companion was a cat killed by my fault.


What other macaws would be a good fit for him?


Thank you for your help, David


Dear David, You have a Red Front Macaw but it was friends with a cat that is now deceased? 


We need more details before we can make any recommendations.


  • How old is the bird?
  • How long have you had it?
  • Did it come with the cat?
  • Do you have other birds?
  • What is the cage size?
  • Can you send us pictures of it?
  • Why are you looking for another companion instead of yourself for the bird?
  • Is the bird tame?
  • Does it have a safe cage to live in?
  • Please a more detailed story can be helpful.



If you are looking for a companion for the bird I would recommend that you contact a local bird club or bird rescue and see if they have any older birds in that size range that may also be in a similar situation.


David replied,


No, his companion was a blue & gold macaw and a feral cat got her and killed her.


The red front is about 15 to 20 years old.


Lives in a house with me and 3 pugs.


Now you see why I have been a long-time lurker because I am a barely functioning illiterate.


Yes, I have fixed where the cat got into the garage where the cage was, and yes I have a nice big cage all I want to know from you guys, what type of macaw would be compatible with my macaw.


A military macaw maybe something about his size and female?


I think no breeding intended, will find on my own if I can thank you, David


Dear David

Don’t worry about your words. You made it clear when I asked you to clarify.


You said the bird that had been killed was a Blue & Gold macaw. So your bird is used to a larger macaw. Perhaps you will locate another lonely Blue & Gold.


However, I am concerned about the cage being in the garage. It is not a good life for a parrot, even if they have a buddy. Have you considered rehoming the remaining parrot?



Thank you for your help sorry to be a pain in the butt. I took too much of your time and the loss of my girl was my fault and still miss her. Birds will be in-house now.


Good to hear, let me know how it goes.


Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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