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Harlequin Macaw

Harlequin Macaw with a Green-winged Macaw FatherHarlequin MacawHarlequin MacawPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Lorette van Leuven
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I rescued my harlequin macaw, Jack, about 15 years ago; her circumstances were horrible, and all I can say is that she was lucky enough to survive being starved... (more)  Jennifer

   The Harlequin Macaws are some of the most beautiful and well behaved of all the hybrid macaws.

   The Harlequin Macaws are a cross between a Blue and Gold Macaw and a Green-winged Macaw which makes for a very affectionate, energetic, and captivating youngster.  Both parents of the Harlequin Macaw also contribute to the striking colors of their offspring, though the father's have the dominant gene and this will influence their final appearance.

   Harlequin Macaws can all be good "talkers" as are the parents. If handled by more people and by both sexes when young, they will tend to be friendly to others rather than to just one person or one gender. However every macaw, as do people, have their own personality. 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


Scientific name:    The Harlequin Macaw is a first generation hybrid macaw. It is a cross between a Blue and Gold Macaw Ara ararauna and a Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera.

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

Harlequin Macaw - with a Green-winged Macaw father
'Frida' - Harlequin Macaw
(with a Green-winged Macaw father)

Photo Courtesy S. Geldman

Description:    The Harlequin Macaw is a full size Macaw. Harlequin Macaws are a very colorful Macaw. In the mating pair of macaw parrots, the males have the dominate gene which affects the appearance of the offspring.

   "Frida", shown on the right, has a Green-winged Macaw father. Harlequin Macaws with a Green-winged Macaw father, have a breast color that is orangish. The breast color is a bit more reddish-orange for Harlequins having the Blue & Gold Macaw as the father. Frida is a very sweet, affectionate bird and a wonderful pet.
   To learn about "Frida's" hand rearing experience along with her first experiences in her new home, visit here: Frida!

Size - Weight:    A full sized macaw, they can get over 2 lbs. Lengths up to 86 cm (34 inches).

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, 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:    Harlequin Macaws are quite intelligent, trainable, and adept at learning tricks . They can learn to talk with a general vocabulary of about 15 or more words or expressions. The word 'harlequin' is defined as 'clown', and these playful birds can truly live up to that reputation.
   Though the temperament and behavior of hybrids is uncertain, the Harlequin Macaw typically takes on the natural docile side of the Green-winged Macaw. But it also takes the natural clownish personality of the Blue and Gold Macaw.
  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)

Breeding/Reproduction:    This is a hybrid and it use to be that hybrid macaws 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.

Availability:    The Harlequin Macaw is a popular hybrid that has been successfully bred for a number of years. It is a first generation hybrid macaw, and finding these beautiful macaws for sale is easier than some of the less commonly bred hybrids..

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


Jennifer - 2015-08-15
I rescued my harlequin macaw, Jack, about 15 years ago; her circumstances were horrible, and all I can say is that she was lucky enough to survive being starved (most of the other birds did not). She's my first and will be my only bird. She's not easy to love, but I love her dearly. Recently, she has had some health issues, I took her to a very well known avian vet (he's always been her vet and has written books on macaws)and she has heart disease (I've always fed her quality food). So now I've got her on meds and she has shown some improvement. Then just this week she presented me with her very first egg! Go figure.

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    'Jack' is so lucky to live with you! So sorry about her heart problem, but congratulations on your surprise:)
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Tery Scott - 2012-07-27
I found Tody 26 years ago when I went with a friend to buy a parrot. We went to this house where the people were retiring, bought a motor home and were now planning to travel for their retirement. I have always been an animal lover and was so taken by her. I guess you gotta jump in to things sometime. She was my first big bird and boy what I have learned from her. I can do absolutely anything with her. At this point in life, her now being 28 I feel as if she is my daughter. I have gone through all the stages as she has matured. People have told me I should have got her a mate. If anything I have learned from my relationship with Tody is that the domesticated world is not ready for any pet that can out live you. People all to often buy them, much like I did on a whim only to find they have to re-home them when the owners life changes for what ever reason. Thank God I now live in a rural area where Tody is free to welcome in the new day, she can sleep out if it's warm or come in side if it's cold. These birds take a life time commitment. I should know, she out lasted 2 of my marriages. I should have known when she didn't like my spouse that it wasn't going to work. Now my concern is who do I will her to, as she will most likely out live me and the thought of her ever being in a situation where God forbid she were neglected of unloved is unthinkable to me. These birds can adjust to change but it takes an awful lot of time to win their trust and love. I've worked with abandoned and abused birds. This is the living fact that a Macaw or for that matter any large parrot is not a pet for just any one. Will my saying this make a difference, probably not but I feel better for having said it. To all you bird lovers out there, we are a special breed. My hats off to you all. Tery

  • Alicia Manolas - 2015-07-27
    A suggestion, go to a bird show with her, that has macaws, pick a nice spot for the two of you to sit, and wait to be inundated with folk. Over the course of the day you will spot the different type of people you are looking for the child in poor clothes, but neat, who comes back again and again. Ask them to bring their parents over if they are not with him/her;THAT kid, the one who keeps coming back and is too poor to buy one and whose mom says tgey cant afford one... that is the family you invite to 'visit' your bird at home. You can say you want the bird to get used to young handlers, whatever. That kid, ifgentle and understanding of you bird after a few visits, is who you Will your 'daughter' to. And take to visit your lawyer or whoever has your Will. That way you will have done the best for your girl.
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Tisha Reed - 2015-03-19
I am interested in purchasing harlequin macaw eggs.

  • adeline - 2015-03-21
    HELLO TO ALL WE DO HAVE SOME BLUE AND GOLD WITH SOME HARLEQUIN MACAWS AVAILABLE. SO DO GET BACK TO ME IN CASE YOU NEED ANY. VERY LEGIT AND THE BIRDS COME ALONG WITH CAGE AND WE OFFER CASH DISCOUNTS THANKS GET BACK BY TEXT OR CALL ASAP (7867040264)(adelinejerry70@gmail.com)
  • vanessa milwa - 2015-03-25
    Hello  do you still want the eggs? Call me (609) 389-6051
  • McCaw - 2015-06-12
    Careful, the people who replied to you sound very suspicious....
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adeline - 2015-03-21
HELLO TO ALL WE DO HAVE SOME BLUE AND GOLD WITH SOME HARLEQUIN MACAWS AVAILABLE. SO DO GET BACK TO ME IN CASE YOU NEED ANY. VERY LEGIT AND THE BIRDS COME ALONG WITH CAGE AND WE OFFER CASH DISCOUNTS THANKS GET BACK BY TEXT OR CALL ASAP (7867040264)(adelinejerry70@gmail.com)

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Tisha Reed - 2015-03-19
I am interested in purchasing harlequin macaw eggs.

  • adeline - 2015-03-21
    HELLO TO ALL WE DO HAVE SOME BLUE AND GOLD WITH SOME HARLEQUIN MACAWS AVAILABLE. SO DO GET BACK TO ME IN CASE YOU NEED ANY. VERY LEGIT AND THE BIRDS COME ALONG WITH CAGE AND WE OFFER CASH DISCOUNTS THANKS GET BACK BY TEXT OR CALL ASAP (7867040264)(adelinejerry70@gmail.com)
  • vanessa milwa - 2015-03-25
    Hello  do you still want the eggs? Call me (609) 389-6051
  • McCaw - 2015-06-12
    Careful, the people who replied to you sound very suspicious....
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adeline - 2015-03-21
HELLO TO ALL WE DO HAVE SOME BLUE AND GOLD WITH SOME HARLEQUIN MACAWS AVAILABLE. SO DO GET BACK TO ME IN CASE YOU NEED ANY. VERY LEGIT AND THE BIRDS COME ALONG WITH CAGE AND WE OFFER CASH DISCOUNTS THANKS GET BACK BY TEXT OR CALL ASAP (7867040264)(adelinejerry70@gmail.com)

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adeline - 2015-03-20
Hello to all we do have some blue and gold with some harlequin macaws available. So do get back to me in case you need any. Very legit and the birds come along with cage and we offer cash discounts. Thanks get back by text or call asap (7867040264)the are eggs available too.

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adeline - 2015-03-20
HELLO TO ALL WE DO HAVE SOME BLUE AND GOLD WITH SOME HARLEQUIN MACAWS AVAILABLE. SO DO GET BACK TO ME INCASE YOU NEED ANY. VERY LIGIT AND THE BIRDS COME ALONg WITH CAGE AND WE OFFER CASH DISCOUNTS. THANKS GET BACK BY TEXT OR CALL ASAP (7867040264).

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