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Blue and Gold x Calico MacawBlue and Gold x Calico Macaw - "Rico"Blue and Gold x Calico MacawPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Don
The Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw gets its strong colors from some very vividly colored parents!
"Rico" is a Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw, a hybrid macaw whose parents are a Calico Macaw father and a Blue and Gold Macaw mother. One of its parents, the Blue and Gold Macaw, is a species of naturally occurring macaws while the other, the Calico Macaw, is also a hybrid macaw. Hybrid macaws are bred for color, and this bird demonstrates some very strong color influences from its parentage. The Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw is a second generation hybrid macaw and was developed from these crossings:
- 1st - Green-winged Macaw crossed with a Military Macaw = Calico Macaw
- 2nd - Calico Macaw crossed with a Blue and Gold Macaw = Harligold Macaw
Because hybrid macaws are a mixture of more than one type of macaw, the offspring are influenced by the traits and characteristics of both of its parents. Father's have the dominant gene, so this will generally influence the offspring's coloration and overall appearance.
With one parent, the Calico Macaw, (having a Military Macaw and a Green-winged Macaw for its parents) you have a hybrid macaw that is a real beauty and good natured. The Calico's Greenwing parent is a very popular macaw and renowned not only for its beauty, but also for its sweet nature. Its other parent, the Military Macaw is also a favorite pet because of its good temperament, intelligence and trainability.
Crossing the Calico Macaw with the Blue and Gold Macaw brings additional variety to the Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw. The Blue and Gold itself is another very popular and pretty bird, well known for its sweet nature and speaking ability. The resulting hybrid is a complex of colors creating a very pretty, vibrantly colored bird.
The behavior and temperament of hybrid macaws are more unpredictable and uncertain than the coloration. Blue and Gold x Calico Macaws are a hybrid parrot that are very colorful with the intelligence and temperament of its parents. The pet Blue and Gold x Calico should be quite trainable, learn to talk and do tricks, and have an amiable nature. These macaw can be a very affectionate, inquisitive, and fun companions. As with all macaws, they will require good socialization and consistent training to make good pets.
See hybrid information, breeding combinations, and photos of hybrid macaws on the Hybrid Macaws page.
For information about the care of Macaws see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Macaw
ThIs is a captive bred hybrid macaw. Hybrid macaws are rarely found in the wild.
Blue and Gold x Calico Macaws are a very brightly colored macaw hybrid. Both parents of the Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw contribute to the colors of their offspring, though the father's have the dominant gene and this will influence their final appearance. "Rico" pictured above has a Calico Macaw father and a Blue and Gold mother, so is strongly influenced by the colors of the Calico.
One of the Blue and Gold x Calico parents, the Calico Macaw, may bring a strong Green-winged Macaw influence into the mix. This is because the father of a Calico Macaw is most often a Green-winged Macaw (male Green wings are more common than females). Some of the characteristics when sired by a Green-winged macaw will be a large bird, brightly colored, with the head and beak shape more typical of the Greenwing. It may also bring the strong greens on the body, the blues on the wings, and the bright reds on the forehead from the Military macaw.
With its other parent being a Blue and Gold Macaw, it gets a dose of softer blues along with some gold coloring. The mixture in this bird makes for strong green and red colorings with some of the softer blue highlights.
Blue and Gold x Calico Macaws 's are a full size macaw and can learn to talk with a general vocabulary of about 15 or more words and expressions.
A full sized macaw, they can get over 2 lbs. Lengths up to 90 cm (35.5 inches).
A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. See About Macaws: Housing and About Macaws: Care and Feeding for more information.
The Blue and Gold x Calico Macaw typically takes on a composite of traits from its parentage, having a sweet friendly nature, as well as being playful and curious. They can be a very good natured and intelligent pet bird that is trainable and can learn to talk. They are a typical macaw. Can be cranky at times and may even be a one person bird or only like men or women unless well socialized. To have a well rounded bird that enjoys more that one person, make sure it is well socialized with lots of folks.
See About Macaws: Social Behaviors for information on developing a well rounded friendly macaw. (Also information on handling and activities)
This is a hybrid and it use to be that they were generally not bred, however the breeding of hybrids is becoming more common. See About Macaws: Macaw Breeding, Bird Reproduction - Baby Macaws for information on breeding macaws.
No visible differences in the sexes.
Can be noisy (as can all macaws). See About Macaws: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.
Finding these macaws for sale is generally hard as they are rare, and they are expensive. There are more and more macaw breeders however, so finding these macaws for sale becomes easier as they become more common.