The beak grabbing feeding is usually just that, they're feeding
each other, or mimicking it. I just worry that they may have
strongly bonded already, and your chance as keeping them as pets
is getting smaller. Oh, and yes, 2 males can bond, preen,
feed.....From what you are describing by the way they lunge at you
when you go by, me thinks you're losing them to each other.
On 7/23/07, Rick wrote:
> We have had 1 for approx. 6 months and the other is a newbie.
> We also have noticed that the 1 we thought was a male was
> preening excessively on the other, and to the others delight
> was enjoying it too much, even in the vent area.
> Now we think we have a male and a female. They were becoming
> more and more bonded with their feeding and preenings. When
> they are together they will lash out at us, so we have limited
> their time to play time together so we can keep them as pets.
> This is the reason now we wonder if they are becoming a bonded
> pair as they truly enjoy each others company.
> Any other info would be greatly appreciated also. Thanks in
> On 7/23/07, Susan wrote:
>> We have three male cockatiels that do the same thing. I
>> think it is to establish a "pecking" order, so to speak.
>> How long have you had both macaws? Do they share a cage?
>> On 7/20/07, Rick wrote:
>>> I have a question maybe someone with long term Macaw
>>> experience can help with. I have 2 B&G Macaws which I
>>> thought (was told) were males, but have been noticing that
>>> 1 of them is very submissive to the other. They were not
>>> raised together, but recently introduced to each other for
>>> companionship. They do lock beaks and mimic the feeding
>>> ritual. They are DNA'd, but this would be my next step to
>>> actually determining their sex.
>>> I am just wanting to know of this behaviour, or is it
>>> normal as a ritual in establishing heiarchy (dominance).
>>> Any info would truly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.