Thank you for the compliment!
Well, you're right, Macaws aren't for everyone. They can be messy, loud, destructive, expensive, needy (attention, etc.) & a general pain in the butt! BUT the reward is priceless and I can't imagine life without him.
He is messy. He loves to chew things so whereever he is and whatever he's chewing on it will hit the floor. We have a playtop cage and a playgym. He spends most of his time on those (if he's not snuggling with us or on our shoulder), so most of his mess is confined to those areas. It's easy to clean up. And Toby is potty trained so we don't have those messes all over either.
He is only loud a couple of times a day. In the morning he wakes me up with "hello?" when he wants out of his cage! In the evening he rambles on for a half hour or so. He screams if I turn the blow dryer on or try to vacuum in the living room.
But other than that (oh ya, he doesn't like towels and gets a little upset when he sees me folding towels!) he is pretty quiet. When they do scream they can be very loud but they don't scream that often.
Yup, their expensive! Toby was $1800 and his cage was $900. Expect to spend about $40 a month on food (depending on their diet) and $50 a month on toys. They get bored easily with their toys so they need new ones frequently. We have bought a lot of stuff to make our own toys so that helps with the cost. In fact we won't need to buy anything for toys for probably 6 months or so.
Greenwings are the more destructive of the large Macaws. They can chew and chew and chew. But if they have toys then they will just chew them to pieces (literally!!!). I keep my eye on him when he is not in/on his cage/playgym because there are too many things he could get into!
By needy, I mean they need attention. They are not a bird to buy and then leave in a cage. They love human interaction and will get upset with you if you don't pay enough attention to them. They need to be part of your family. Know what I mean? Toby loves to snuggle and cuddle. He loves to kiss (frenchs me all the time!) and be preened. He likes to be wherever we are. He is a very good boy and VERY smart. We had him potty trained in just a few days.
You do have to be careful with their beaks. They can cause real damage to you!! But Toby knows what "play nice" and "be nice" means. Personally, I think their beaks are more intimidating. Of course, as with all birds, you will get bit at some point...but that is the least of my worries with Toby. If they are trained right, it shouldn't be an issue.
They are such beautiful, intelligent and affectionate animals that it is hard to explain unless you have actually spent some time with one. Wanna come visit?
Of course all this varies with the kind of Macaw. But if you are a "bird person" and have the time, money and willingness I would definately recommend Macaws.
I guess I kinda rambled on again!
Let me know if you have any more questions! As you can tell, I love to talk about birds!