The most recognizable and popular of the Parrot family is the Macaw. Unlike the other birds on this list (all Australians), Macaws come from the warm climates of Central America. These are large birds (usually over two feet long from head to tail) with bright plumage.

They are rewarding pets to own, but they are not for the faint of heart. Macaws take a lot of attention and training. Because of their large size and large beak, they are used to being aggressive and getting their way. You need to set boundaries and start training them as soon as you bring them home. 

Because of their high intelligence, they can be taught tricks (some will dance, wave, or even play dead) and even learn full phrases. But they also need to be kept entertained; they’ll grow bored (and possibly aggressive) if their mind isn’t occupied. 

Macaws need plenty of toys, love, and attention to keep them from becoming a handful. Remember, they’re big; if you let them become aggressive, they will get loud (potentially yelling at you with their words or screeches). And they have beaks that can leave you needing stitches. 

If you put in the time and care and leave them plenty of room to grow and play, you’ll have an enthusiastic and loving pet—not to mention a beautiful addition to your home. Macaws, when cared for correctly, are interesting birds that you can bond with as much as they’ll bond with you.