Everything you need to know
Hybrid macaws are macaws bred in captivity that, you guessed it, have parents from two different species of macaws. For example, a Scarlet macaw and a Blue and Gold macaw produce a Catalina macaw.
Hybrid macaws are usually very large birds, reaching lengths from 35 to 40 inches and living up to 60+ years. They average around 2 1/2 to 3 pounds.
A hybrid macaw lover will tell you that he or she bought a hybrid macaw for two main reasons: color and temperament. Crossing two beautiful birds (such as the macaw) will create an even more beautiful bird! The colors on a hybrid are quite a sight to look at! Although the temperament of any hybrid cannot be an exact science, a prediction with fair accuracy is usually the best one can do. Crossing a Blue and Gold and a Greenwing (Harlequin), two friendly birds, will create a super friendly bird!
as dar as they go with everything else, hybrids are much like pure macaws in terms of care. Plently of time out of the cage, a well-rounded diet, socialization with multiple people, you get the point.
Also take special notice on how I did not explain any colors of any of the 'example' birds. Colors vary with each individual macaw, but the most common is the picture I posted. They are not like natural macaws; natural macaws are generally the same exact colors in the same exact spots.
Here are some popular types of hybrids:
The Shamrock macaw is a cross between a Scarlet macaw and a Military macaw. Since both macaws are naturally bred, non-hybrid macaws, the Shamrock is considered a first generation breed. It is also probably the most common hybrid macaw.
Shamrock macaws tend to bond closely to one person, but, like all macaws, can be socialized at a young age and become a family bird.
Shamrocks can be very noisy, a trait inherited from its parents. They grow up to two pounds and reach sizes from 33 to 37 inches, head to tip of tail.
Prices generally range. It is difficult to put a general price tag on a hybrid, but I will say $1200 to $1600 as a rough 'guestimate'.
The Catalina macaw is a cross between the Blue and Gold and Scarlet macaw, two very common macaws. This is another example of a first-generation hybrid macaw.
Catalina macaws are said to be popular because the two personalities of its parents mixed well. The feisty (to an extent of course), the comical Blue and Gold, the the energy of both create a perfect balance.
One downside to the Catalina is the amount of constant attention needed. Scarlet's and Blue and Gold's need plenty of interaction, which means the Catalina needs even more! Failure to do so will result in a nasty, screaming, biting macaw.
Catalinas generally max out at 36 inches and 2 1/2 pounds.
Again, prices greatly vary, but I will say $1300 to $1700.
The Harlequin macaw is a cross between a Blue and Gold Macaw and a Greenwing macaw. This is another first generation hybrid. Because the Greenwing and the Scarlet look very much alike, and the other mate is the Blue and Gold, the Catalina and Harlequin are extremely alike in looks. Size, personality, and intelligence can tell the two apart!
Because the Blue and Gold and the Greenwing are considered to be two of the smartest large macaws (the Greenwing is usually considered to be the smartest overall), the Harlequin is a highly intelligent macaw. On top of learning tricks and words easier, the Harlequin loves to interact, and needs socialization with multiple people on a daily basis to remain healthy.
The Harlequin is one of the largest macaws, ranging from 36 to 40 inches and living over 50 years.
My price range (as in, what I am aware of) is $1700 to $2200.
(Cam-a-lot) The Camelot macaw is an example of a second generation macaw. It is a cross between a Catalina macaw (which is a cross between a Scarlet and Blue and Gold) and a Scarlet macaw. As you may have figured out, the Camelot is 75% Scarlet and 25% Blue and Gold, roughly speaking. Therefore, the Camelot is strikingly similar to the Scarlet macaw.
Second generation macaws are extremely difficult to predict color wise. Most have a red-orange dominance with streaks of yellow and blue. Others have a yellow dominance with streaks of red-orange.
The intelligence, laid-back nature, and silliness blended into one bird basically forms the Camelot macaw. Not bad, huh?
Camelot macaws average in at about 35 inches, 3 pounds, and live to be around 50 or 60, tops.
Second generation hybrids are rarer and in higher demand than first generation (because of the rarity), so they tend to be a bit more expensive. Don't be surprised to see a Camelot tagged for $2500 to $3000.
A list of all other known hybrids
*2nd at the end of the line means the macaw being produced is a 2nd generation
*3rd at the end of the line means the macaw being produced is a 3rd generation
Bluffons Macaw: Blue and Gold and Buffon's
Buffwing Macaw: Greenwing and Buffon's
Calico Macaw: Greenwing and Military
Caloshua Macaw: Blue and Gold and Hyacinth
Camelot Macaw: Scarlet and Catalina (2nd)
Capri Macaw: Camelot and Scarlet (3rd)
Catalina Macaw: Blue and Gold and Scarlet
Flame Macaw: Greenwing and Catlina (2nd)
Harlequin Macaw: Blue and Gold and Greenwing
Harligold Macaw: Blue and Gold and Harlequin (2nd)
Jubilee Macaw: Greenwing and Harlequin (2nd)
Maui Sunrise Macaw: Harlequin and Catalina (3rd)
Maui Sunset Macaw: Blue and Gold and Red-fronted
Milicinth Macaw: Military and Hyacinth
Miligold Macaw: Blue and Gold and Military
Rubalina Macaw: Ruby and Catalina (3rd)
Ruby Macaw: Scarlet and Greenwing
Shamrock Macaw: Scarlet and Military
Starlight Macaw: Scarlet and Miligold (2nd)
Tropicana Macaw: Scarlet and Harlequin (2nd)
Verde Macaw: Scarlet and Buffon's
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