Although there are many species of large macaws, we are only going to talk about a few of them here: the Green-wing Macaw, Red Fronted Macaw, Blue and Gold Macaw, Blue Throated Macaw, Scarlet Macaw and we will discuss a little about the amazing hybrids that are available today.
When considering a macaw, it’s important to remember that they are big birds with big personalities. They are highly intelligent and require plenty of toys and attention to keep them from developing unwanted behaviors such as screaming, feather plucking and chewing. If you can’t devote at least two hours a day of personal time to the bird, a macaw may not be for you. Macaws form tight bonds with their owners and do need time and attention in order to keep those bonds.
Most Macaws will learn to say at least a few words and others will become quite the conversationalists. Macaws can be loud and tend to vocalize more at dawn and dusk. If you live in a pet friendly community, we have found that communities do not have a problem with a louder bird in the area, IF you do a few things to keep the screaming down to a minimum. If you don’t have a bird room in your home where the lights can be turned off around 800pm, invest in a cage cover. When the room or cage is dark, the birds quiet down. That DOES NOT mean you should cover them any time you want to silence them. NEVER use a cage cover as a form of punishment.
The important thing to remember with any bird…if there is a behavior you don’t like…don’t react to it…whether it’s biting or screaming. Birds feed off of excitement. If your bird bites you…lower it quickly to about waste level or below (the motion should be enough to get the bird to release), quietly put the bird back in its cage and walk away. Most macaws are not mean spirited at all but they do need attention and handling to remain tame. Macaws in general are affectionate, intelligent and inquisitive birds. They return the love and attention shown to them. Because they are inquisitive and intelligent they can be taught tricks and generally pick up pretty quickly.
As far as housing for your macaw, a good rule of thumb is to get a cage large enough to allow the bird to spread its wings out.
Macaws require a diet higher in fat than most birds. A well rounded diet includes a good seed mix, pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Green-wings are known as the gentle giants of the bird world. They are gentle and docile (with proper handling) and tend to be very affectionate and form a very strong bond with their human. Due to their affectionate nature they do require daily bonding time. They are highly receptive to training and are not known for biting or massive mood swings.
Life span – 50+ years
Appearance: Green-wing macaws are deep red in color with green wing coverts. Their facial skin has red feather lines. The rump feathers are pale blue and their flight feathers are dark blue. They are among the largest of the macaws and have massive heads and beaks.
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Red-fronted Macaws are the smallest of the large macaws. They tend to be very affectionate and gentle-spirited. They have been known to seek out their human and fall asleep on their laps. Quite often you will find them playing and rolling around on their backs. They have a very engaging personality and tend to make great pets.
Life span – up to 40 years
Appearance: The main color of the red-throated macaw is a deep olive green, they have a red-orange crown, forehead and ear patches. The naked facial skin is small, white and has rows of black feathers forming lines. Their shoulder patch is orange-red. The tail is long and tapered and is olive tipped in blue.
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Blue and Gold Macaws
Blue and Gold Macaws are prized for their beauty. Young handfed babies are very adaptable and are easily handled. Blue and Golds are like most macaws – intelligent and sociable. They are very active birds who like to climb, swing and bounce. They tend to be pretty even- tempered and thrive on attention. They are eager to learn and need adequate mental stimulation to avoid feather plucking. Multiple toys in their cage is a must for these birds.
Life span – 50+ years
Appearance: The Blue and Gold is a brilliant ultramarine blue above and striking gold beneath. They have a black throat. The naked facial skin is white with rows of black feathers forming lines. When they are excited – believe it or not – they blush. The tail is long and tapered – blue above and gold underneath.
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It’s important to know that Blue-throated Macaws are on the endangered list. We can only sell them to Florida residents. These macaws are docile and affectionate by nature. They are highly intelligent and inquisitive so it’s important to give them the proper stimuli to keep them from developing unwanted behaviors. They tend to be little acrobats. Blue-throated macaws are not inclined to bite and are not excessively loud.
Life span – 40-60 years
Appearance: Blue Throated Macaws are frequently mistaken for Blue and Gold Macaws, and for good reason. At first glance, there is no obvious difference between the two. However, if you are lucky enough to see them side by side, the difference becomes obvious. Blue Throated Macaws maintain that same beautiful blue and yellow contrast as the Blue and Gold. Everything on the upper half of the bird – their heads, back, wings, and top of the tail – is blue. Everything on the under-side – their chest and belly, under their wings, and under their tail – is yellow. However, there is a slightly different hue to the blue of a Blue Throated Macaw when compared to a Blue and Gold Macaw. Also, the Blue and Gold Macaw has a black throat, while the Blue Throated Macaw, obviously, has a blue throat. Blue Throated Macaws are also somewhat smaller than Blue and Gold Macaws.
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Scarlet Macaws are very intelligent and need daily socialization to stay tame. They are easily bored so socialization and plenty of toys is a must. Scarlet Macaws do best with experienced, attentive owners. They can become aggressive and destructive if not properly socialized. However, most people who own them agree that they are worth the extra effort and they awarded with a sweet, loving bird. They are highly intelligent and very receptive to training.
Life span – 40-60 years
Appearance: They are brilliantly red with splashes of gold, green, and blue on their wings. It’s almost as if they walked right through a rainbow! They have the typical pale, fleshy faces of all Macaws, but even the feathers on their cheeks are bright red! Unlike other Macaws, Scarlets have horn-colored beaks rather than the usual black.
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Hybrid Macaws are bred for their beauty. The babies can have either of the parent’s personality and traits or a combination of both. It’s important to remember they are still macaws and require the same attention, nutrition and housing as any other macaw.
The three most popular hybrid macaws are the Catalina, Harlequin and Camelot Macaws.
Catalina Macaws are a cross between the Blue and Gold and Scarlet Macaws. They are intelligent and receptive to training. For more information about Catalina Macaws, click here.
Harlequin Macaws are a cross between the Blue and Gold and the Green-Wing Macaws. They tend to have a laid back, affectionate personality. For more information about Harlequin Macaws, click here.
Camelot Macaws are a cross between the Scarlet Macaw and Catalina Macaws. In most cases, they will have the same traits and personalities as their Scarlet Macaw parent.
Below is a list of other Hybrid Macaws:
Bluffons Macaw – Blue and Gold + Buffons Macaws
Buffwing Macaw – Green-wing + Buffons Macaws
Calico Macaw – Green-wing + Military Macaws
Caloshua Macaw – Blue and Gold + Hyacinth Macaws
Capri Macaw – Camelot + Scarlet Macaws
Flame Macaw – Green-wing + Catalina Macaws
Harligold Macaw – Blue and Gold + Harlequin Macaws
Jubilee Macaw – Harlequin + Green-wing Macaws
Maui Sunrise Macaw – Harlequin + Catalina Macaws
Milicinth Macaw – Hyacinth + Military Macaws
Miligold Macaw – Military + Blue and Gold Macaws
Rubalina Macaw – Ruby + Catalina Macaws
Ruby Macaw – Scarlet + Green-wing Macaws
Shamrock Macaw – Scarlet + Military Macaws
Starlight Macaw – Miligold + Harligold Macaws
Tropicana Macaw – Harlequin + Scarlet Macaws
Verde Macaw – Scarlet + Buffons Macaws
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