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Catalina Macaw

Catalina Macaw


Species group:
 Hybrid Macaws

Other name(s): Rainbow Macaw;
Camelot Macaw (Catalina x Ara macao);
Capri Macaw (Camelot x Ara macao)

Scientific name: Ara ararauna x Ara macao

Appearance

Details: The eye-catching Catalina Macaw was one of the first, and probably is still the most popular, of the hybrid macaws. It's a charming cross between the fairly even-tempered, good-humored Blue and Gold Macaw and that famous diva, the Scarlet Macaw.

In theory, the hybrids are both beautiful and a little less temperamental than the pure Scarlet. In practice, it depends on the bird and the training it receives. Don't slack off with the Catalina Macaw. Bring all of your best parrot management skills to keep your new pet as sweet as it was when you brought it home.

While working with these colorful birds, breeders have produced a couple of other forms. The Camelot is a Catalina crossed with a Scarlet, so that the bird's genes are now three-fourths Scarlet and only one-fourth Blue and Gold. A Capri is a Camelot crossed with a Scarlet, so that you've now got 7/8 Scarlet genes and only 1/8 Blue and Gold. With these birds, take the same care and pay the same attention that you would if you had a pure-bred Scarlet. The hybrids aren't guaranteed to be temperamental divas, but the genetic potential is there, so work patiently and lovingly with your birds to maintain their personality.

And be aware that hybrids are individuals, so that not all hybrids of the same type look exactly the same. In fact, no two will look exactly alike. If you don't understand which type of bird you're looking at, ask the breeder.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
personalities, gorgeous macaws, personality, favorite pet, unique relationship
Challenging:
beaks, exotic pet care, bite, expensive pet, high strung bird, tantrum
Interesting:
typical hybrid salsa, crossbred macaw, color variation
Overall review
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3.8 (9)
jacquilyn
Presley was certainly beautiful, but she also had a h...
Review by: jacquilyn (5) updated July 28, 2014 09:20
  • Currently 100
2.75
cathy_2014
Jack flew into the tree in front of our house one day...
Review by: cathy_2014 (3) April 20, 2014 09:23
  • Currently 100
3.50
designsbygeorge
My husband wanted a bird. Every time he would go int...
Review by: designsbygeorge (5) March 17, 2014 08:42
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
ThePawDepot
The catalinas are GORGEOUS, but not for everyone. The...
Review by: ThePawDepot (13) May 16, 2013 22:36
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo
jpwarnock
Honestly, I'm surprised joining a forum requires this...
Review by: jpwarnock (1) February 03, 2013 13:49
  • Currently 100
5.00

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