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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 am interested in purchasing harlequin macaw eggs.  Tisha Reed

   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


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
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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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Bob Young - 2007-11-16
Why a bird? I have heard that question more than once and by different people.
After my last cat died I was upset over it. I get that way after all my companion friends die. I have had several in my life and I really hate when I loose them. After a year or so, my wife and I talked about getting something. She wanted a dog, I would of liked another cat. I spent some time on a farm and cats where all over keeping the rodents in check. My dad always had dogs and I have nothing against them, just wasn

  • Sarah - 2011-06-03
    Great story!! I hope you have many, many more years with Jasmine. Whatever may spring up in life, kids, new career, etc., please see her as a member of your family and keep her through any new life experiences, never give up or turn her away for something new.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    I love my macaws and always have and my story is similar. I went into the store to buy a dog bone. Mine went in the car with me, was potty trained (to go on command) and I would take him right into the store etc. He would walk down to the bustop to play with the kids getting off the bus from school and stayed right with me. Sometimes he would even sneak out the doogy door. A friend of mine did pretty much the same thing with her macaw but her macaw for whatever reason decided to fly off her shoulder and fly into a car wash. The bird was fine but wet but it took them several hours to get him after he flew through the car wash. Just a suggestion - you might want to do the leash and get him used to it.
    I think birds are absolutely wonderful and the harlequin is gorgeous with an excellent personality. You did the totally right thing getting it that young. I am glad your happy and congratulations.
  • 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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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
Reply
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.

Reply
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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