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Maui Sunrise Macaw

Picture of a Maui Sunrise Macaw, third generation macawMaui Sunrise MacawMaui Sunrise MacawPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Lindsey Schaefer
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6 months ago i was lucky to come across and bought a 6yr old male maui sunrise named jaffa he bonded with my 6yr old female scarlet macaw ruby straight away i... (more)  sam

   The Maui Sunrise Macaw is a colorful hybrid macaw full of pizzazz and personality!

   The Maui Sunrise Macaw is a hybrid cross between a Harlequin Macaw (hybrid) and a Catalina Macaw (hybrid). Being a cross between a Harlequin and a Catalina (hybrid) gives this interesting macaw a lot of varying factors, both in color and in personality. It is a second generation hybrid and is influenced by the genes of three different species of macaws. This hybrid macaw was developed from these crossings:

   Though a second generation hybrid macaw, the Maui Sunrise has lots of Blue and Gold Macaw in its parentage. 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.

   Two other species also add their flavor. The Green-winged Macaw, a long time favorite pet bird, lends both its beauty and its good personality . The Scarlet Macaw, one of the most highly favored macaws and described as "beautiful and striking" adds intense red coloring and a bit of a fiery personality. The Maui Sunrise inherits all these birds beautiful coloring and more.

   "As a cross between a Harlequin and a Catalina, Maui has a little bit of everything in her, some Blue and Gold for a generally sweet demeanor, a bit of Greenwing to lead to a more easy going nature, and a hint of Scarlet to ensure some smarts and sass. And of course, this delightful combination results in one beautiful bird with a wide array of breathtaking colors, from her bright red-orange chest all the way down to the pastel blue tips of her tail!"... Lindsey Schaefer

   When comparing the characteristics of birds, keep in mind that hybrid macaws are a mixture of their parents. Their behavior and temperament is not absolutely certain. Maui Sunrise Macaws can have the characteristics of the Blue and Gold Macaw, the Greenwing, and the Scarlet in any mixture. The personality of a Scarlet is such that it requires good socialization and a firm consistent hand in training, especially as it matures. The hybrid Maui Sunrise can be a very affectionate, inquisitive, and fun pet; but may very likely need solid, un intimidated handling from its keeper.

   See hybrid information, breeding combinations, and photos of hybrid macaws on the Hybrid Macaws page.

For information about the care of Macaw Parrots see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Macaw

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   The Maui Sunrise Macaw is a second generation hybrid, a cross between: Harlequin Macaw hybrid (see above) and Catalina Macaw hybrid (see above) .


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

Maui Sunrise Macaw
'Maui Sunrise Macaw
Photo © Animal-World:
Courtesy Nancy McCarthy


   Maui Sunrise Macaws are very colorful, carrying the blues, greens and gold's of the Blue and Gold and the Greenwing, along with the beautiful red coloration from the Scarlet portion of their parentage, especially on their underside. They are a full size Macaw and are highly intelligent and inquisitive. Having a lot of Blue and Gold Macaw parentage, they may 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 Maui Sunrise Macaw needs good socialization and a firm consistent hand in training, especially it matures.

   "Maui (seen on the right) is a "double" hybrid - being a cross between a Catalina and a Harlequin. She was breed in captivity in FL but we met and fell in love with her sweet and gentle nature at a bird store in MO. Maui has not meet a food she doesn't like and gets along great with her U2 and Military sisters."... Nancy McCarthy

Size - Weight:

   The Maui Sunrise Macaw is a full sized macaw. They can get over 2 lbs. Lengths up to 90 cm (35.5 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, 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 Maui Sunrise Macaw typically takes on a composite of traits from all 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.
   Though the characteristics of birds that are hybrids are uncertain, they are a typical macaw. Hybrid Maui Sunrise Macaws can be cranky at times and may even be a one person bird or only like men or women unless 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.

Potential Problems:

   Can be noisy (as can all macaws).  See About Macaws: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.


   The Maui Sunrise Macaw is rare, only occasionally available, and expensive. There are more and more breeders however, so finding these macaws for sale may become easier as they may become more available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
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sam - 2014-07-21
6 months ago i was lucky to come across and bought a 6yr old male maui sunrise named jaffa he bonded with my 6yr old female scarlet macaw ruby straight away i thought my scarlet was colorful but jaffa's so bright and majestic if you would like to see more of them please join us on facebook 'diamond ruby jaffa macaws'

Anonymous - 2013-01-15
I have owned a maui Sunrise Macaw for about 2 years, He/ she (we prefer he) is a wonderfull pet. We have raised him from a baby, hand fed him and weaned him. He reminds us of a kitten, he is very affectionate, loves to snuggle and willingly turns over to have his belly scratched and his feet tickled. We have recently introduced him to another 2 1/2 year old Macaw and they get along fine at the moment. I would recommend this hybrid as a pet if you have the time to devote

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    What a great pet, its nice to hear about such a good natured and well loved macaw. And its great that you have gotten a companion for him too. That's a super home you are providing for these two:)
jose - 2010-06-25
Are you selling it?