Hello! My name is Elmo and I’m a handsome and easy going 22-year-old B&G Macaw looking for a simple life in the slow lane.
I adore my safehouse mum and will run to her shouting “Maw!” (that’s “mum” in Scottish for you folks South of the border) as soon as she opens my cage door. She gives the best head tickles! So, I’m looking for a patient and caring lady to love me and help to continue to bring me out of my shell and build my confidence.
Although my safehouse mum is my favourite, I’ve grown quite fond of my safehouse dad from a distance too, so I’m happy to live with a man as long as there’s a lady in the house for me.
It’s important that you aren’t intimidated by my beautiful big beak! I will give you some warning lunges and nips to let you know that I don’t like what you’re doing, I am a bird after all! But I’m a lover, not a fighter, so if you respect my space, I’ll respect yours.
I can’t fly due to an old injury to my right wing. This makes me a little nervous when I step up because I have to rely on you to keep me safe and not let me fall. Speaking of falling, I can occasionally be a bit of a drama King. I like to hold onto my cage with my beak while dangling my feet and screaming to pretend I am falling…. just for extra attention sometimes.
I’m a fussy eater and mainly like my seed mix. I love almond nuts and I’m partial to a bit of mashed potato. It’s important my new family persist in trying to get me to eat my vegetables, even though 95% of it will likely end up in the bin. I need a healthy diet to keep my feathers looking lush after all and I don’t always know what is best for me.
Overall, I’m generally a placid and quiet bird, that enjoys the simple things in life, but boy can I scream when I want to, so don’t be fooled! If I’m not happy I will let you know about it. I’m not much of a talker other than shouting for “Maw”, some gobbledegook that only I really understand and practicing my very best “hello” when I think nobody is around.
I don’t mind the company of other birds as long as they keep to themselves. I have lived with dogs which doesn’t bother me – obviously they only come into my room when I’m in the cage. We don’t want any accidents!
So, what do you say? Let’s grow old together. I would make an excellent companion, I promise!