Harlequin Macaws are a hybrid cross of a Blue & Gold Macaw and a Green Wing Macaw. Both species 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.
Harlequin Macaws can have a wide variation in their colors and patterns. Some breeders say that a Harlequin's coloring depends largely on whether a Blue & Gold or a Green Wing was the male parent, but that is debatable. 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. Being that hybrids are bred primarily for color traits, a large range of colors and combinations are available.
Highly intelligent and strikingly beautiful, Harlequin Macaws have become popular pets in recent decades. Comical yet affectionate, these large parrots make wonderful companions for the right people.
Harlequin Macaws need plenty of human interaction and mental stimulation in order to remain healthy, happy, and well-adjusted pets. Those interested in purchasing 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.
Lifespan is 50+ years