Tiko is an 8-year-old female blue-and-gold macaw whose owner of 6 years also relinquished Dino, who was adopted out by us several months ago. Their owner, unfortunately, was told that three macaws would be less noisy than one, which of course is not the case; moreover, Tiko’s owner has now decided to travel, so he relinquished this sweet little girl to us a couple of weeks ago.
Tiko has been eating more and more new foods each day. She is willing to taste anything, as long as she sees her foster mom or one of the other birds eating it. She is already enjoying her new diet of sprouts, pellets, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, corn, and walnuts, although we will eventually cut down on her fruit and try to substitute more veggies, as well as trying to get her to eat a wider variety of nuts, which are essential to macaws, due to their requirements for a diet somewhat higher in fat.
Tiko says “Hello” and “Up, up, up” and we are waiting to see what else she will say, once she feels a bit more settled into her foster home. So far, she seems to be a sweet, loving parrot who steps up easily for both men and women and readily accepts head scritches. She gets along well with dogs and other birds, and will make a wonderful companion for some lucky family with large-parrot experience.