A distant relative recently passed away and left me her pet parrot in her will. I hardly knew the woman but she knew I liked birds (I keep budgies), so here I am with her beloved parrot with not much of an idea how to handle him and look after him. Another distant family member who'd been looking after him, brought the bird and his stand round yesterday evening and left me to it, telling me that 'he likes walnuts and brazil nuts'.
I'm not even sure what sort of parrot it is. He's very big, blue, has a long tail, a black beak and yellow skin on his face. He looks like he's been plucking at his chest feathers too (a few bald spots). Some kind of Macaw?
He's been sat around on his T-stand all day today looking a bit sullen. I've given him water and a bowl of sunflower seeds and I've been feeding him walnuts and brazil nuts on and off. I just gave him half an apple, that he seemed to like (picked it up with his foot and pecked away).
I'm not a novice when it comes to budgies but a parrot is completely new to me. I do intend to keep him and look after him as I've fallen in love with him already and have plenty of space for him. I just need some tips on what exactly I need to be doing and looking out for.

I'm going to take him down the vets on Monday for a checkup and buy some parrot books when I'm in town. Any advice you can give me in the meantime would be greatly appreciated.
At the moment, he's chained by the leg to his stand (apparently how my great aunt used to keep him when he wasn't flying around) and I'm not sure if I should unlock him and let him come down until he's gotten used to a change in surroundings - I don't want him crashing into a window or hitting the ceiling in panic or anything like that. I've been trying to disturb him as little as possible as I know that the move must be stressful for him. He does seem to be fairly tame though (if I hold a brazil nut in my fingers, he'll take it from me).

Thanks.
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A distant relative recently passed away and left me her pet parrot in her will. I hardly knew the woman ... face. He looks like he's been plucking at his chest feathers too (a few bald spots). Some kind of Macaw?

Yellow on his face or by his lower beak? Does he/she have a yellow circle around its eyes?
A distant relative recently passed away and left me her pet parrot in her will. I hardly knew the woman ... face. He looks like he's been plucking at his chest feathers too (a few bald spots). Some kind of Macaw?

That's a Hyacinth Macaw, the largest of all parrots. They are quite expensive and actually do like brazil nuts. I'm not a macaw person, so let's see what others say.
Well first of your going to have to get that chain off his leg. If he thrashes around or falls he could easily break his leg. He needs a very large macaw cage to sleep in and hang out in and the stand is used to take him from room to room. He should get off the sunflower seed, too much fat for his system. The brazilian nuts and walnuts are fine. Besides that he needs a diet of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables for that is very healthy for him. It is good you got a vet appointment already, he probably needs bloodwork and it might be an idea to get him dna tested to find out if you got a boy or girl on your hands.

From your description is sure sounds like a hyacinth. If it is they are the gentlest of all the large macaws. Your vet will give you good tips on feeding and caring. But again, that chain has to go, they do need their freedom of movement and getting him into a cage will be best for him and for you. Good Luck and congrats on your new addition to your flock. Emotion: smile
A distant relative recently passed away and left me her ... feathers too (a few bald spots). Some kind of Macaw?

That's a Hyacinth Macaw, the largest of all parrots. They are quite expensive and actually do like brazil nuts. I'm not a macaw person, so let's see what others say.

Thanks. I've just Googled for "Hyacinth Macaw" - that's definitely what I have. He's certainly a magnificent bird.
I just discovered tonight that he really likes TV. He perked right up when I was watching Dr Who and started running up and down his stand and squawking excitedly.
You surely have a Hyacinth Macaw. Their diets are pretty specialized. They shouldn't be given the usual seed mix given to other parrots. I believe they also eat Macadamia nuts as well. Do some searching online for diet information and you might try to get the bird to an avian vet.
A distant relative recently passed away and left me her ... feathers too (a few bald spots). Some kind of Macaw?

Yellow on his face or by his lower beak? Does he/she have a yellow circle around its eyes?

Yellow around his lower beak and around his eyes. He's definitely a hyacinth macaw.
Yellow on his face or by his lower beak? Does he/she have a yellow circle around its eyes?

Yellow around his lower beak and around his eyes. He's definitely a hyacinth macaw.

Congratulations!!
A distant relative recently passed away and left me her pet parrot in her will. I hardly knew the woman ... brazil nut in my fingers, he'll take it from me). Thanks.I had a similar experience. I inherited a Sun Conure.

I didn't really want him at first, but he won me over. I didn't realize what a wonderful pet a bird can be.
He will miss his former owner for a while. They bond very tightly with their "mate." It took three months for my bird to adjust to his new home.

There was some good advice above. Get him to a good avian vet for a good look over. Find a good bird store to advise you. Read some books, like "A Guide to a Well Behaved Parrot." Get your new friend on a healthy diet. Find out what NOT to feed him. Some common things are very bad.
It takes a lot of patience at first. He misses his old home.

Good luck with him. Keep us informed.
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