Eleven years ago Turner wanted to get a green-winged macaw of her own but none of the pet shops nearby carried this particular breed, so Turner expanded her search to the entire U.S. and finally found a store that sold them - in Indianapolis, Ind. She purchased the bird when it was just seven days old, and has cared for it ever since.
Growing up, Misty came to favor the cereal Lucky Charms and learned a variety of tricks, Turner said, such as counting to five, catching a hacky-sack in both her beak and claws, and high-fiving. According to Turner, macaws have the mentality of a 3-year-old child and can be taught most of what a child at that age can learn.
Turner said that macaws actually learn the context and grammar of words and phrases and it is not just a mimic, a popular misconception. For instance, Misty has learned to call one of Turner’s dogs by three different names. Also, when she sees someone with food, she asks, “May I have some?” After eating, Misty will have one of Turner’s dogs clean her beak and also has been known to wave and say hello to cars while traveling with Turner.