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As mentioned, harlequin macaws are a very unique species. When fully grown, they weigh about 2 lbs and measure 34-40 inches in length. Their wingspan can reach around 40 inches. Their coloring can depend on their dominant parent which is the male.
They often feature striking green and blue colors on their back similar to that of the blue and gold macaw and warmer gold on their breast.
They might be beautiful looking birds but if you are thinking about adopting a harlequin parrot, the most important thing is their temperament. This is a very intelligent species that is easy to train to do tricks like waving and talking.
They can learn around 15 words or expressions. Everyone knows that parrots in general are chatty and harlequin macaws are known to be pretty loud in the morning. As well as chattiness, you can expect some pretty regular screeching to get you out of bed!
Depending on their genetics, the birds will take on personality traits from each parent. The green-winged macaw is more known for being docile whereas the blue and gold macaw has a cheeky nature which gives the harlequin parrot it’s clownish traits.
One thing to remember is that they need to socialize with different people so they don’t develop preferences for individuals and continue to be friendly with all of your house visitors. The biggest thing to consider when adopting a harlequin parrot is their lifespan. Adopting any pet is a big commitment but even more so with harlequin macaws who can live for 50-80 years.
Now that we know a little bit more about the harlequin macaw let’s take a look at what you can expect from this species as a pet. As mentioned, they are rarely seen in the wild so being bred in captivity means they are easily domesticated.
Being able to learn several words and phrases, they are eager to communicate with their owners and you can teach them how to say anything from ‘Good morning’ to ‘I love you!’.
Nevertheless, these highly intelligent birds are prone to be cranky at times just like the best of us. Socializing them well from an early age encourages friendliness towards everyone which is especially important if they will be near children.
Harlequin macaws need quite a lot of physical and mental stimulation so make sure you fill their cage with a range of toys. They will need to spend a few hours a day out of their cage to fly around and need plenty of room to stretch their wings. They are very playful which makes them entertaining pets but they might throw a tantrum and even become aggressive if they don’t get all the attention they expect so beware…
They also love to chew so a range of squeaky toys is a good idea if you want to deter them from biting. Something to think about, if you live in a small apartment, is that their calls can reach 105 decibels. They are definitely more suited to a house where they can’t irritate the neighbors and have a bit more room to roam.
The harlequin macaw is a beautiful, popular hybrid parrot that makes an excellent pet for the right person. ... This full-sized macaw tends to do well with families; these birds thrive on socialization and a lot of interaction with other birds or people.