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Different Types of Macaw Birds

The macaw hybrid that can be commonly found in the market include the Catalina macaws. These birds are developed by mating a blue and gold macaw with a scarlet macaw. What comes out is a hybrid with yellow-orange chest and green head. The birdÂ’s back and neck are bluish-green. It has an even temperament as a result of the cross-breeding.

The Good News and the Bad News

There are some bits of bad news and good news if a pet lover would examine the types of macaw birds which is endemic in Central and South America. The danger of being extinct is the bad news for the majority of this bird’s species. In fact, one species known as the Spix’s macaw is now extinct, and another type which is the Glaucous macaw is also considered so.

The good news is that a lot of these birds are still widely available in the pet trade as a result of captive breeding and hybridization. Breeding stock, however, can be very limited as importation of these birds is tightly regulated. The end-result is the high prices of macaws in the pet market compared to other bird species

Green-Winged Macaw

Green Winged MacawAt the higher-end of the price range is the green-winged macaw costing more than $1500. Among the largest in the macaw family, this bird is also considered as the gentlest among its kin. The large concentration of its red feathering makes it iconic of the New World parrots that once were in great abundance in the wilds of Central America’s eastern Panama, and in the South American territories of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet MacawAnother macaw in the $1500 ranges is the scarlet macaws. It is often confused with its similarly sized green-winged cousin.

Their main difference though is the broad band of yellow feathers on the scarlet macaw’s back. The scarlet also has no facial feathers lines, unlike the green-winged.

Blue and Gold Macaws

Blue and Gold MacawCosting a little over $1000, blue and gold macaws can be considered a good buy. These birds are also large, and at the same time sociable and intelligent.

With their brilliant feathers, these birds won’t be left out in the color department either. With a good trainer, they can turn into talkers with ample vocabulary words that can be entertaining to their owners.

Buffon macaws

Buffon MacawIn scientific terms, the buffon macaw is known as Ara ambiguus and is likewise commonly called as the great green macaw. This species is known to forage within a 100-kilometer range, and hence, its habitat can be easily be disturbed by deforestation.

This is an endangered species which manifests in its price of around thousand-dollar-or more range. Reservations and permits are required for its ownership.

Catalina Macaw

Catalina MacawThe macaw hybrid that can be commonly found in the market include the Catalina macaws. These birds are developed by mating a blue and gold macaw with a scarlet macaw. What comes out is a hybrid with yellow-orange chest and green head. The bird’s back and neck are bluish-green. It has an even temperament as a result of the cross-breeding.

Regardless of the types of macaw, all birds certainly need proper care and attention. Foremost is giving them the right kind of food, such as nuts, palm fruits, stems, flowers, and leaves. Also to be considered in their care is the macaw’s proclivity at clay-licking in the wild, an indication that these birds require some amount of sodium in their diet.

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