We also have a blue and gold macaw (age 5) that we rescued. Turns out, she was purchased for a teenage boy (!!), and, "after the novelty wore off", she was placed in a garage without toys or sunlight, where she was for 2 years. Friends of friends knew we had birds, and so we rescued her. She's been with us a little over a year, and is a very, very intelligent bird!! She's bonded with my husband....and we are fortunate to have her. Her name is Chloe.
(mom of 5 parrots!)