Everything you should know about Harlequin Macaw
Harlequin macaws are a beautiful 1st generation hybrid with a great personality mix of 2 of the most popular full size Macaw species.
Harlequins are striking in color, and some colors do vary depending on if the father or the mother was a Green wing Macaw or a Blue & Gold Macaw. Their head, and body is green with their flight feathers being a bright blue. The underside of their tails, and wings are yellow, similar to a Blue & Gold Macaw. Their chest, and stomach are what can greatly vary depending on the parent. If the Harlequin’s father is a Green wing it will have a more orangish chest, and stomach. While if the father is a Blue & Gold the chest will be a brighter redish orange color. They have black patches on their throats like a Blue & Gold. They also have white skin on their faces with small black, orange, and red feathers.The patterns on their face are unique for every bird. They, like other full size Macaws, will “blush” with the white skin turning bright red when they are very excited or angry .
Harlequin Macaws can become quite large, taking on the girth of their green-wing parent. They can average 40 inches long from beak to tail with a wind span of 40 inches or more.
While Harlequin Macaws have a reputation for being docile, friendly birds, they can also resort to biting and destructive behavior if it is not given enough attention. An important part of their well-being depends on keeping your Harlequin Macaw occupied by handling it daily and providing it with plenty of toys to play with.
Harlequin Macaws can have a wide variation in their colors and patterns. Most Harlequins are primarily deep orange on their chests and bellies, with striking tones of green and blue on their backs. Many of them have gold feathers on the underside of their tail feathers. Hybrids are bred primarily for color traits, so a large range of colors and combinations are available.
Feeding:Harlequin Macaws, like all parrots, should be offered a high quality commerical seed/pellet mix in addition to daily servings of a variety of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh, varied diet will make sure that your Harlequin Macaw receives adequate nutrition.
Harlequin Macaws need plenty of exercise in order to maintain top mental and physical condition. Those interested in owning a Harlequin Macaw should set aside a minimum of 2-4 hours per day for the bird to play outside of its cage. This is crucial to prevent boredom and allow the bird to properly stretch its wings and other muscles.
Harlequin Macaws as Pets:
Highly intelligent and strikingly beautiful, Harlequin Macaws have become popular pets in recent years. Affectionate & comical, these large parrots can make wonderful companions.
Harlequin Macaws need plenty of human interaction and mental stimulation in order to remain healthy, happy, and well-adjusted pets. Those interested in a Harlequin Macaw should be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours a day directly socializing with their pet. Harlequin Macaws thrive on being part of a flock, so include your bird in as many family activities as possible.
All parrots have a tendency to be loud, but Macaws are the poster-birds for ear shattering vocalizations. Simply put, if you don’t want your parrot to awaken you early every morning by screaming at the top of its lungs, you should consider something other than a Macaw as a pet.
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