Hybrid macaws are unlike any other macaw species out there—they are crosses of many popular macaw species, bred strictly for color and pet quality.
Hybrid Macaws are only produced in captivity, by cross-breeding different species of macaw lineage. Today, offspring produced from hybrid parents are showing amazing coloration and temperament, making them amazing pets. There are a large variety of hybrid macaws on the market today. Example: a Blue and Gold Macaw crossed with a Green wing Macaw is known as a Harlequin Macaw, or a Scarlet Macaw crossed with a Blue and Gold Macaw produces a Catalina Macaw, or any combination of the the macaw varieties.
Hybrid Macaws are typically large birds, and they typically reach lengths of between 35 and 40 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers. Of course size is ultimately determined by the size of the parents.
People who own Hybrid Macaws claim to have the “best of both worlds”, and the Harlequin Macaw may be a good example as to why they feel that way. Both parents required to produce a Harlequin — a Blue and Gold Macaw and a Greenwing Macaw — are known for having laid-back and affectionate personalities. While Harlequin Macaws will have moments of frustration like any parrot, they are a good choice for those who would like a large bird with an even temper and calm demeanor.
Hybrid Macaws can have a wide variation in their colors and patterns. Some breeders say that a Hybrid’s coloring depends largely on the male parent, but that is debatable. Some Hybrids are occasionally 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. Being that hybrids are bred primarily for color traits, a large range of colors and combinations are available.
Like any large parrot, a Hybrid Macaw should be fed a diet that includes a high quality seed/pellet mix, along with fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.
Hybrid Macaws need plenty of exercise in order to maintain top mental and physical condition. Those interested in owning a Hybrid 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.
Hybrid Macaws as Pets:
Highly intelligent and strikingly beautiful, Hybrid Macaws have become popular pets in recent decades. Comical yet affectionate, these large parrots make wonderful companions for the right people.