Everything you should know....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although, the Ruby Macaw is indeed a hybrid bred parrot (cross between a scarlet macaw and a green-winged macaw) - we have become so fond of these gorgeous parrots that we decided they needed a section all on their own.
The Ruby's striking plumage is the first reason this parrots draws attention, with a red head and neck and bright yellow and orange feathers scattered across the center of its back and wings. They are loveable, outgoing, vocal birds that can obtain a large vocabulary. While affectionate, the Ruby Macaw needs firm, consistent training to help it become a well-socialized bird. It loves to sing and, while it can be somewhat temperamental at times, its fun, loving personality makes it quite popular. It thrives on human companionship and interaction & loves to be cuddled and petted.
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, contact Daniel Walthers at Winding Woods Ranch to see if you can schedule a visit with him and his birds. Seeing how Ruby Macaws behave in their home environment will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for your lifestyle.