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The Harligold Macaw is a very pretty bird with a double dose of the intelligent, gentle natured Blue and Gold Macaw!
Hybrid macaws are bred for color, and the Harligold Macaw is a real beauty. This macaw is a second generation hybrid macaw. One of its parents, the Blue and Gold Macaw, is a species of naturally occurring macaws while the other, the Harlequin Macaw, is also a hybrid macaw. With the Harlequin Macaw (having a Blue and Gold Macaw and a Green-winged Macaw for parents) you have a macaw that is a real beauty and good natured. The Blue and Gold macaw is renowned not only for its beauty and sweet nature, but also its speaking ability. While the other parent, the strikingly handsome 'gentle giant' Green-winged Macaw, lends its beauty and a very gentle, amiable nature. This second generation hybrid macaw was developed from these crossings:
- 1st - Blue and Gold Macaw crossed with a Green-winged Macaw = Harlequin Macaw
- 2nd - Harlequin 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. Crossing the Harlequin Macaw with the Blue and Gold Macaw can make for a 'double dose' of the Blue and Gold's wonderful qualities. The Harligold Macaw inherits its gorgeous coloring from these two striking parents and is strongly influenced by the Blue and Gold.
The behavior and temperament of hybrid macaws are more unpredictable and uncertain than the coloration. Harligold Macaws are a hybrid parrot that are very attractive with the intelligence and temperament of its parents. The pet Harligold should be quite trainable, learn to talk and do tricks, and have an amiable nature. These beauties 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.
Harligold Macaws are a very attractively colored macaw hybrid. Both parents of the Harligold Macaw contribute to the colors of their offspring, though the father's have the dominant gene and this will influence their final appearance.
One of the Harligold parents, the Harlequin Macaw, may bring a strong Green-winged Macaw influence into the mix. This is because the father of a Harlequin 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.
With its other parent being a Blue and Gold Macaw, it gets a double dose of the softer blue and gold coloring. The mixture in this bird makes for beautiful pastel blue-green colorings on its upper parts, contrasted with vivid orangish reds on its under parts.
Harligold'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 86 cm (34 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 Harigold Macaw typically takes on the sweet friendly side of the Blue and Gold with some of the natural clownish personality of the Harlequin Macaw (the word harlequin is defined as 'clown'). The result can be a very good natured and intelligent pet bird. 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.
These birds are occasionally available and are expensive. There are more and more macaw breeders however, so finding these macaws for sale becomes easier as they become more common.