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Tropicana MacawTropicana MacawTropicana MacawPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Heidi J. Smith
The Tropicana Macaw is very pretty bird that comes in a rainbow of colors!
Hybrid macaws are bred for color, and the Tropicana Macaw is all about beautiful colors with each one being a potpourri of its own. This macaw is a second generation hybrid macaw. One of its parents, the Scarlet Macaw, is a species of naturally occurring macaws while the other, the Harlequin Macaw, is also a hybrid 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. Each Tropicana however, is a unique blend of colors inherited from its parentage. 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 Scarlet Macaw = Tropicana 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. The wonderful attributes of the Harlequin make it a great parent for the Tropicana Macaw.
Crossing the vibrant Harlequin Macaw with the fiery Scarlet Macaw brings even more strong reds into the mix. Because of its beauty, the Scarlet Macaw is one of the most highly favored macaws. This sweet though independent tempered bird has been the best known South American parrot for over 100 years. The Tropicana Macaws inherit all the beautiful coloring of their parentage, as well as a composite of their personalities.
The behavior and temperament of hybrid macaws are more unpredictable and uncertain than the coloration. The Tropicana Macaws are hybrid parrots that are very attractive with the intelligence and temperaments of their parents. The Tropicana can learn to talk and have an amiable nature, though the Scarlet influence may also introduce a bit of an indomitable spirit. 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.
Tropicana Macaws are a very attractively colored macaw hybrid. Both parents of the Tropicana Macaw contribute to the colors of their offspring, though the father's have the dominant gene and this will influence their final appearance.
"This macaw is a second generation hybrid. One parent being the Harlequin (Blue and Gold Macaw & Greenwing Macaw) and the other a Scarlet. They come in a rainbow of colors, sometimes all siblings in a clutch will be a different combination of color. They typically are predominately different shades of red on head & body with etchings of green and blue. Yellows, pinks, & purples can even come into play throughout the wings and tail."
"They are usually more even tempered than a Scarlet Macaw or a Catalina Macaw, but not as much as a Greenwing. Size is typically slightly smaller than the Greenwing. Talking abilities are that of most large macaws."... Heidi J. Smith
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 Tropicana 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 pet bird, though the Scarlet influence may also introduce a bit of an indomitable spirit. 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.