Macaws

Harlequin Macaw

Harlequin macaw is a hybrid parrot bred in captivity by mixing the green-winged macaw with the blue and gold macaw. A Harlequin with green-winged fathers have an orange breast color while those with blue and gold fathers have a more reddish orange breast. Males and females look alike. A Harlequin macaw can get up to 34 inches (86cm) and weigh 1.9lbs – 3.3lbs (0.86-1.50 kg). They can live up to 80 years old.

Miligold Macaw – Shelby (AKA Birdzilla)

Miligolds are a beautiful colored hybrid macaw that are very intelligent, and playful. Miligolds are not a common hybrid, but can be easier to find then some of the rarer 1st generation hybrids. The Miligold from beak to tail is between 27 to 34 inches. The coloring on back tends to be the blue from the Blue & Gold mixed with the green of a Military with their flight, and tail feathers fading from green to blue. Their chest, stomach, underside of their wings, and underside of their tail feathers are a bright orange, and yellow. They have black beaks with a white face, and small black feathers on their face.

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Catalina

The Catalina is a bird that is around 35 inches long and about 2 to 3lbs. They live to be about 50 to 60 years old. Hybrid birds are bred primarily for color traits, so the Catalina macaw has a wide range of colors and patterns. There are slight differences from one generation to the next as well.

Most of these birds are primarily red or deep orange on their chests and bellies. Some have brilliant red-orange heads while others have a gorgeous blue-green crown. They tend to have green and blue feathers running down their backs and long tails. Many of them have gold feathers edging their wings and in their tails.

The Catalina is similar to the harlequin macaw and the two hybrids are often mistaken for one another.

Blue and Gold Macaw – Rambo

These birds can reach a length of 76–86 cm (30–34 in) and weigh 0.900–1.5 kg (2–3 lb), making them some of the larger members of their family. They are vivid in appearance with light blue feathers on the top of their wings, and torso, and darker on the tail—and halfway on top of their head; the frontmost half of the top of their head is covered with lime feathers. On the bottom of these aforementioned areas of their body are light orange feathers. Their beak is black, as well as the feathers under their chin. Its feet, save for the talons, are of a gray color. The bird has white skin, with its face having nearly no feathers beside a few black ones spaced apart from each other forming a striped pattern around the eyes. The irises are light yellow. Blue-and-yellow macaws can live from 30 to 35 years in the wild, and reach sexual maturity between the ages of 3 and 6 years.

Little variation in plumage is seen across the range. Some birds have a more orange or “butterscotch” underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area. The blue-and-yellow macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and for climbing up and hanging from trees.

Military Macaw

The military macaw is 70.5 cm (27.8 in) long on average, 99–110 (33–43 in) across the wings and weighs 900–1,100 grams (2–2.4 lbs). It is mostly green in color with the head a slightly paler shade. It bears a red frontal patch, with a white bare facial area barred with narrow black lines. The flight feathers are blue and the red tail bordered with blue. The large strong beak is grey-black and the iris yellow.

The military macaw appears superficially similar to, and may easily be confused with the somewhat larger great green macaw.

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Scarlet

It is about 81 centimeters (32 in) long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws, though the scarlet macaw has a larger percentage of tail than the other large macaws. The average weight is about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb). The plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upper wing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. Some individuals may have green in the wings.

There is bare white skin around the eye and from there to the bill. Tiny white feathers are contained on the face patch. The upper mandible is mostly pale horn in color and the lower is black. Juveniles have dark eyes; adults have light yellow eyes.

It is frequently confused with the slightly larger green-winged macaw, which has more distinct red lines in the face and no yellow in the wing.

Scarlet macaws make very loud, high and sometimes low-pitched, throaty squawks, squeaks and screams designed to carry many miles to call for their groups.

The scarlet macaw can live up to 75 or even 90 years in captivity, although a more typical lifespan is 40 to 50 years.

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Green-Wing Macaw

The green-winged macaw can be readily distinguished from the scarlet macaw. While the breast of both birds are bright red, the upper-wing covert feathers of the green-winged macaw is mostly green but can occasionally sport a few yellow feathers above the band of green (as opposed to mostly yellow, or a strong mix of yellow and green in the scarlet macaw). In addition, the green-winged macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare white skin patch; this is one of the biggest differences from a scarlet macaw to the casual viewer. Iridescent teal feathers are surrounded by red on the tail. If seen together, the green-winged macaw is clearly larger than the scarlet macaw as well.

In terms of length, this species is second only in size to the hyacinth macaw, the largest of the macaws. The red-and-green macaw attains a total body length of 90 to 95 cm (35 to 37 in) in adults. Twelve adults were found to average 1,214 g (2.676 lb). A weight range of between 1,050 and 1,708 g (2.315 and 3.765 lb) has been reported. While its weight range is broadly similar to that of the hyacinth, the average weight of the red-and-green macaw is slightly surpassed by both the hyacinth and great green macaws, and amongst all living parrots additionally by the kakapo.

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Red-Fronted Macaw (Rosie) *In small bird flight*

The red-fronted macaw is 55–60 cm (21.5–23.5 in) long. It is mostly green, and has a red forehead, a red patch over the ears and bright red to orange edged under wing coverts. It has an area of pinkish skin around the eyes extending to the beak. It has red at the bend of wings and blue primary wing feathers.


Sources


Catalina Macaw: https://www.thesprucepets.com/catalina-macaws-390833

Miligold Macaw: http://www.wholesalebirdandcage.com/bird_info/macaw/miligold.html

Blue and Gold Macaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-and-yellow_macaw#Description

Military Macaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_macaw#Description

Scarlet Macaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_macaw#Description

Green-wing Macaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-and-green_macaw#Description

Red-fronted Macaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-fronted_macaw#Description