Destined for Rainbow Springs
'He is going to enjoy the hell out of it'ANGELA CUMING
He is big, scarlet and likes to make a lot of noise - meet the latest Hamiltonian destined to make it big.
The scarlet macaw has left his home destined for Rainbow Springs at Rotorua, where he will star in its free flight bird show.
He will not feel alone in his new neighbourhood with a few Eclectus Parrots from Hamilton Zoo also making the trip to Rotorua.
The three-year-old macaw was yesterday collected from the home of his ''dad'' Murray Powell, the man who founded the zoo.
Mr Powell now has an exotic bird aviary on his property, and the macaw was born and hand-reared there.
''I'm his dad, and his mum, and it's always sad to see one of the kids go,'' Mr Powell said.
''But the life he is going to, well he is going to enjoy the hell out of it.''
That life will see him eventually star alongside Richie the macaw in the Rainbow Springs free flight bird show.
The macaw will perform each day to 400 people, said Rainbow Springs' Kelly-Anne Banks.
''How soon it takes for him to be ready really depends on the bird.''
The macaw would love his new home because the species is highly intelligent and craves companionship, Mr Powell said.
''This type of bird, he loves the attention, loves being around humans,'' he said.
''A lot of people have parrots and leave for work at 7am and don't get home past 5pm and that's where the birds come unstuck.
''It's hard to say goodbye to this little one but I know he is going to the best place for him, being able to show off every day in front of all those people, he's going to be famous.''
Once the macaw settles in at Rainbow Springs the Wildlife and Presentations manager, Mark Paterson, will work with him and train him, getting him more used to being handled before he takes part in the show.
The macaw will fly across the auditorium, giving the public a rare chance to see bird.
The macaw is one of the world's largest species of parrots and can live for up to 50 years in captivity.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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