13 is not an unlucky number. Posted October 6, 2010 by LuAnn Apple


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From the Miami auction we bid on and brought home 12 exotic birds. Number thirteen, was a bonus bird, as the owners asked if we would be interested in giving him a new home at M.A.R.S. parrot rescue.

We have huge hearts here at Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary and fortunately an amazing association with Aloha Animal and bird Hospital in Eau Gallie. Our bonus bird a Buffon Macaw was in need of such specialized care.

He weighed in at 2.5 lbs, where most Macaws average 4.5 up. He is beautiful, and sweet, and we are all hoping for the best outcome possible.

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  • Cooley_bird52 October 7, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Why does this Macaw have a red face?

  • Bird Lovers Only Rescue October 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Macaws become pink/red in the face when they are happy and excited. Some only blush slightly. This one appears to be as jolly as Santa Claus. 😀

  • Judith October 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I'm not sure wherre you're getting your macaw weights…4.5 pounds would be over 2000 grams, and in virtually ever macaw, that would be grossly overweight. If this bired weighs in at 2.5 pounsd, or 1120 grams, he may be underweight for a Buffon's..or not, no one can tell by weight alone…but you do not want a 2 kilo macaw! My male Buffon's is 17 years old, and weighs in around 1350 grams, a good weight for him.

  • LuAnn Apple October 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Judith, That was from my vet and I did ask him what the gram weight would be. Any way this bird was nothing but skin and bone and beautiful, and touched my heart.

  • LuAnn Apple October 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    perhaps the necropsy results will give us insight into his facial color

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