Types of Macaw Hybrids and Crosses

Profiles and Information on Hybrid Macaws and Macaw Crosses

Close-up of a Catalina macaw, also called a Rainbow macaw

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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.

The hybridization of macaws and other parrots is a controversial issue, drawing strong arguments from those on both sides. Some bird lovers insist that hybrids should not be bred because they can muddy the "pure" bloodlines of the parent species. Others proclaim that hybrids are more beautiful, more intelligent, and in some cases, less prone to disease than the pure species that they were bred from. In either case, hybrid macaws are here to stay and have flown into the homes and hearts of bird lovers the world over. Take a look at the most popular types of hybrid macaws, where one thing's for sure: There should be no controversy over the fact that these are some of the most beautiful parrots the world has ever seen.

  • Catalina macaws: Highly intelligent, Catalina macaws respond well to training and can be taught to perform several tricks. Being social birds, they must spend adequate time bonding with their owners to become happy, well-adjusted pets. If you are looking to adopt a Catalina macaw, make sure that you have plenty of free time to spend with your new bird. These parrots thrive on interaction and will become depressed and destructive if neglected or ignored.
  • Harlequin macaws: 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.
  • Camelot macaws: Because the Camelot is a hybrid cross of a Scarlet macaw and a Catalina (which is also half Scarlet macaw), they have many of the same personality traits and mannerisms of Scarlet macaws. Intelligent and responsive, these birds need plenty of socialization, interaction, and mental stimulation to become happy and well-adjusted pets. For the right owner, a Camelot macaw can be a tame and affectionate companion.

Other Types of Hybrid Macaws

  • Buffon's
  • Buffwing
  • Calico
  • Caloshua
  • Capri
  • Flame
  • Harligold
  • Jubilee
  • Maui Sunrise
  • Maui Sunset
  • Milicinth
  • Miligold
  • Rubalina
  • Ruby
  • Shamrock
  • Starlight
  • Tropicana
  • Verde

The possibilities for introducing new hybrids are virtually endless, and there are different types popping up every day. While these birds undoubtedly make beautiful pets, the battle over whether or not to breed hybrid parrots continues.