Well out of the 7 months or so i have been there we have had a blue and gold macaw, a servere macaw, two africian greys, a blue front amazon, blue crown amazon, some double yellow amazons, a panama amazon, and we just recentally got a tokimon (sp?) amazon. Hes like a mini amazon and hes really really neat!
We had a grey we called Big papa, and altho he has bitten me the most out of any other bird, i was never afraid to reach my hand in there and have him step up. He had the greatest personality. I would always make him work for his scratches. I would tap the bottom of the cage wire and he'd slid down and gimme his head to scratch. He'd also try to feed me through the cage. When we would clean rooms every morning, he would jump around on the bottom of his cage and jump pretty high! When I would say "papa!" he would look at you, then lift his beak up and clank the bottom of his food dish over and over like saying "I'm ready to be fed!"
Our servere macaw seems to really like me. I say hi to him, he'll kinda bob his head and he'll climb across the cage to come by me. Sometimes he will even stick his foot out to hold my finger, and one time he even let me scratch him! He was a more of a rescue than anything. We got him from another store, where kids basically harassed the poor baby. So now he is terrified of humans. He got out of his cage once, and one of the workers went to put him back and he ripped her arm up. I have never had him step up on me, i'm too scared. But he always wants attention from me, and has been there forever. I hope he gets placed. Hes very particular on who he likes.
I know a lot of people on forums tend to "not like the pet stores" because of "improper care" and the like. Our store manager has trained birds for 20 plus years. I think the main reason birds get snotty at our store is the dumb people who walk up the cages, poke them, scream at them and swear at them. It breaks my heart. I walked up to some kids one day who was screaming at the macaw and i told them to stop it. They told me they only listened to their mom. So i asked them to show me their mom, and told her she needed to tell her kids to stop screaming at the macaw, that they were torturing the poor bird. She looked at me like i had no right to be telling her kids what to do.
I just wish people would understand that its not the pet stores that are bad, its the uneducated people who think they know everything.
With my small rant out of the way. I hope -one day- to get a bird. I know they are very complex creatures however, and i need to do a ton of research. I think i would start with something like a quaker or sun conure first, before taking the big step to big parrots. I just need to get over this fear.