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Flame Macaw

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I have a Flame Macaw and she has all the traits of her parents and grandparents. She is very independent most of the time and love to be on her swing with her... (more)  michelle

    With the beautiful 'flame' feathers traveling across its shoulders and back, it's no wonder this beautiful bird is called the Flame Macaw!

   Hybrid macaws are bred for color, and the Flame Macaw is definitely an exceptional coloration. This macaw is a second generation hybrid macaw. One of its parents, the Green-winged Macaw, is a species of naturally occurring macaws while the other, the Catalina Macaw, is also a hybrid macaw. This second generation hybrid macaw was developed from these crossings:

  • 1st - Scarlet Macaw crossed with a Blue and Gold Macaw = Catalina Macaw
  • 2nd - Green-winged Macaw crossed with a Catalina Macaw = Flame Macaw

   "Gorgeous cross between a Green Winged and a Catalina... this picture (above) is from a friend of mine, Javier Gutierrez"... Shaun Carter

   The beginnings of the Flame Macaw start with the Catalina Macaw which has two very popular types of macaws as its parents. The Scarlet Macaw, one of the most highly favored, is described as "beautiful and striking". The Scarlet has been the best known South American parrot for over 100 years. The other parent, the Blue and Gold Macaw, has been one of the most popular pet birds in the trade, renowned not only for its beauty but for its sweet nature and speaking ability. With the Catalina mix was added the 'gentle giant' Green-winged Macaw, lending a gentle bird with an amiable nature. The Flame Macaw inherits all these other macaws beautiful coloring and a complex personality!

   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. However the behavior and temperament are more unpredictable.

  The parentage of the Flame Macaw is an interesting mix for a pet bird. This is a hybrid parrot that is very attractive with the intelligence and temperament of it parents. It should be quite trainable, learn to talk and do tricks, and have an amiable nature. But the fiery Scarlet may also introduce a bit of an indomitable spirit. As with all macaws, the Flame Macaw will require good socialization and a firm consistent hand in training, especially as it matures.

   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

Scientific name:

   The Flame Macaw is a second generation hybrid macaw. It is a cross between a Catalina Macaw hybrid (Ara ararauna x Ara macao) and a Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera.


   ThIs is a captive bred hybrid macaw. Hybrid macaws are rarely found in the wild.


   Flame Macaws are among the most colorful of the Macaws. Their beautiful reds, blues, greens, and golds are a composite of colors influenced by the colorations of their parentage. They are a full size Macaw and are highly intelligent and inquisitive. They can learn to talk with a general vocabulary of about 15 or more words or expressions.
   Hybrids are usually bred for color rather than personality, so their characteristics can be uncertain. A Flame needs good socialization and a firm consistent hand in training, especially it matures.

Size - Weight:

   The Flame Macaw is a full sized macaw, very close to the same size as its parentage. They will reach over 2 pounds. The length of the largest of its parentage, the Green-winged Macaw, is up to 90 cm (35.5 inches) so the Flame could reach up to about the same.

Care and feeding:

   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, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

   See About Macaws: Housing and About Macaws: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:

   The Flame Macaw typically takes on a composite of traits from its parentage, having a sweet friendly nature, as well as being highly intelligent 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 than 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.

Sexual differences:

   No visible differences in the sexes..

Potential Problems:

   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.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Flame Macaw

michelle - 2015-10-09
I have a Flame Macaw and she has all the traits of her parents and grandparents. She is very independent most of the time and love to be on her swing with her brother (green wing) She has moments of wanting to be loved on and cuddled with. Normally that is when we are trying to get her and her brother to calm down for the night. BUT she is very dominate is all aspects of the house. Her cage and the whole room in general are hers and don't try and tell her differently. She tends to get nippy (like the scarlet) when she is on the lanai. We have had her for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. Her coloring is different from her clutch mate. Where she has a more green head her clutch mates is more orange. Her wait is over 1400 grams (not obese) her clutch mate is on the smaller side. (her grandfather 3 times removed is a very large green wing.) She is the 5 generation from Hartman Aviary. From her climbing the curtains (literally) to climbing into the shower with us she has been amazing.

Tom Lucas - 2014-10-08
It was noted that yes Flame babies don't always look like the one pictured. I would just like to confirm this as a breeder. They can look like what is pictured, but can also look similar to a Harlequin, other than the color on the chest and lighter on the back. In addition I would like to note that the picture of the Quatro shown is hit or miss as well. Somethings the babies look totally different from one clutch to another. I can say this for a fact being we submitted the picture. In my opinion that is the cool thing about the Hybrids - You really never get one to look exactly the same as the other. This coincides with the personalities of all the birds - They are as individual as each of us. Thanks Tom

Joyce Zampieri - 2013-01-31
Does any one know what a flame and a blue and gold would make ?

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    Well, a Flame Macaw is a second generation macaw (F2). If you cross that with a Blue and Gold, then you will have a 3rd generation macaw (F3). These multigenerational birds could be designated something like this: Flame Macaw (Green-winged Macaw x Catalina Macaw (Scarlet Macaw crossed x Blue and Gold Macaw)) x Blue and Gold Macaw.

    You can learn more about them in the sections on their breeding, and characteristics here, Hybrid macaws,.
michelle - 2009-07-27
Just a quick note to say that not all of them look like the one pictured. My baby flame (Ohana Pride) has an orange head and no green on the neck at this point. Her sister Pele looks like the one pictured. The coloring is different between the two

  • Yui - 2010-03-10
    This is true, a close friend of mine has one and he fades from orange to green-blue. I've completely fallen in love with this hybrid, though.

    Where did you find a breeder that has them? My friend who has hers happened to hit the jackpot at a shelter and adopted him, but I'm afraid that it might have been a once in a lifetime strike. I'm not looking to get one right away - I have yet to settle down in one place - but once I do I'd absolutely love to have my on feathered flame friend.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-24
    Sorry, you can get them at Steve will ship the babies. I didn't want a large macaw because I have 8 caique and 3 yellow collars but I told my husband that if this certain pair should breed he could have one. Took them 5 years but we finally have one and I would not trade her for the world.