The Catalina Macaw is a hybrid that is produced by breeding a Scarlet Macaw and a Blue & Gold Macaw. The offspring will usually inherit the physical build and size of the male bird. Their coloring depends upon whether the male is a Scarlet or a Blue & Gold. Our male birds are Scarlets, and the females are Blue & Golds, which gives their offspring a similar appearance to the Harlequin Macaw.
The personality of the Catalina is a combination of both the Blue & Gold Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw. They tend to have the friendly disposition of the Blue & Gold, which softens the more high-strung tendencies of the Scarlet Macaw. Catalinas are very intelligent, playful, eager to learn, and can become good talkers.
As with other larger Macaws, the Catalinas need the largest cage possible, which is why we recommend the Kings Model 506 Cage. This cage is durable and has a bird-proof latch, which is very important when owning any Macaw.
As with any Macaw, it’s important for Catalina owners to set the proper limits and boundaries as early as possible. The way in which a Catalina is handled as a baby plays an important role in the development of their social skills and personality.