Catalina macaw, scientifically known as (ara ararauna X ara Macao), is a strikingly beautiful hybrid bird owing to its exquisiteness to its parents, the scarlet macaw, and the blue and gold macaw. Although the coloration of this bird varies from generation to generation, all of them are a riot of colors.
Catalina macaws are extremely jovial, charming, and energetic, which makes them an ideal pet for bird lovers. But before owning it, ensure that you have plenty of time, experience, and patience to raise a baby macaw, as these birds are noisy and demanding.
Arrange a well-built cage made of powder-coated metal, sizing 40 x 30 x 69 inches with a bar spacing of 1 ½ inch. If possible, place manzanita perches, chewable toys to satisfy its chewing proclivity.
You might place a playpen for your bird away from this cage for its enrichment.
Catalina macaws are blessed with characteristics of both scarlet macaws and blue and gold macaws. While the former has a jocund and energetic personality, the latter is comparatively timid and docile. So, you can expect a fantastic fusion of these two types of macaws in your pet.
This highly intelligent bird receives training well from its owner and quickly makes a bond with the individual. Due to its inquisitiveness and imitating nature, it learns words quickly.
It turns depressed in a lack of attention and care; sometimes, it is reflected through its aggressive nature, and it may end up biting and hurting others.
Commercially available macaw pellet mix, vegetables, brown rice, nuts, and seeds are good for your pet. Do not give it chocolate, avocado, and raw meat. Supply of fresh water is also necessary.
Make it familiar with all your house members gradually so that it recognizes all, instead of bonding with only one. Also, let it out of the cage and play for 2-4 hours daily to keep it active.
Cleaning of the cage and associated stuff like toys is mandatory to maintain a hygienic ambiance.