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.
Harlequin macaw can live 40 to 60 years or more.
Harlequin macaws inherit a jovial and friendly nature from their parents. Hand-raised birds can become a truly inseparable member of the family, even more so because of their long lifespan.
Arrange for a cage with dimensions of at least 5x5x8 feet. Place a parrot perch in there as this bird spends most of its day on it. If affordable, then also put in a playpen. Let your pet out of the cage for a few hours a day.
Temperament & Personality
The word ‘harlequin’ means a joker or a jester, which is exactly what this bird is. Hand-rearing a baby harlequin and socializing it with lots of people can make it accepting of human contact. They are rather intelligent and thus need to be interacted with by their owner daily, or else boredom will set in, leading to destructive and self-mutilating behavior. They are also trainable and can be taught to do tricks and indeed mimic human speech and other sounds that it hears.
Like all macaws, however, each harlequin will have its own personality. Some may get cranky at times, and the owners need to be very cautious about it as they have powerful beaks which are capable of inflicting painful damage.
Provide your harlequin with a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, pellets, seeds, and spray millets.
Clean the cage once every two months. Replace the food and water dishes every day with fresh ones. Provide your pet with a birdbath so it can bathe itself, or you can use a mist spray as well. Clipping the primary feathers is a good idea to ensure you don’t lose your harlequin through an open window. The beak and nails also need to be clipped from time to time.