Calico Macaw is on the larger side measuring in at 36 inches in length. Their body is a green that is slightly darker than a Military Macaw with faint red high lights on some of their feathers. Their heads are green with a red chest similar to a Military’s but sometimes speckled with green. The underside of their wings is red with their flight feathers being yellow like a Military Macaw. The upper side of their tail feathers are red, and blue like a Green Wing Macaws with the underside of their tail being feathered yellow that fades to red at the edges, and tips. They have a white face with red facial feathers. They have a black, and white beaks and their feet are black.
Calico macaws are strikingly colorful, beautiful birds. A hybrid cross between a Green Wing Macaw and a Military Macaw. They have a greenback with a bronze cast, similar to the military macaw, and a deep red chest and belly. With the intelligence and temperament of its parents, the calico macaw is most often very trainable, learns to talk and do tricks, and has good-natured. Although they can bond closely with one person, when properly socialized with a variety of people, they do well in households with multiple family members. They learn quickly and enjoy plenty of activity and involvement in the household.
They live 60 to 85 years, and some even older due to modern healthier diets, exercise, and mental stimulation. Macaws are not a parrot for first-time bird owners, and a lot of thought and consideration should go into the idea of getting one for a companion bird.
Size – Weight:
A full-sized macaw similar to the Green-Winged macaw, they can get over 2 lbs. Lengths up to 90 cm (35.5 inches)
Feeding & Care
A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a playpen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.
A Calico’s diet should consist of 70% pellets, 30% fresh fruit & veggies.
Do not feed birds fruit seeds, avocados, chocolate, onions, apple seeds, uncooked beans, uncooked rice, alcohol, or caffeine as these can cause serious medical problems, and kill them.