Facts about the Camelot macaw
A Camelot macaw is the results from cross breeding a Catalina Macaw and a Scarlet Macaw. A Catalina macaw is the resulting first generation hybrid that comes from the crossing of a Blue and Gold macaw and a Scarlet Macaw, while the Scarlet macaw is a naturally occurring macaw. The Camelot macaw is a bird that has been bred successfully for years, and they are the most common second generation hybrid birds that exist today. They do not have a scientific name since they are hybrids, therefore they would be represented by ‘ara macao/ ara ararauna’ as their scientific expression. These birds are quite colorful, having yellow, green and orange colors in them. They often have red as the dominant color, with markings on their upper wings that are green in color.
Camelot macaw size and appearance
Amongst macaws, Camelot macaws are some of the most colorful species. The birds have an array of colors, and the red colors that are most dominant on them come from the portion of their heritage that is from the Scarlet Macaw. From the appearance of macaws, you cannot tell the difference between a male and female macaw.
This bird is a full sized macaw, taking after the body length of its parents. The Blue and Gold macaw is about 86 cm in length, while the Scarlet Macaw is about 85 cm in length. The Camelot macaw size is therefore within this range of length. It can also get to a weight of more than 2 pounds.
Camelot macaw behavior
Just like other typical macaws, the Camelot macaw can get cranky at times. Unless they are socialized well, these birds may only like men or women, or become one person pets. So that it can learn how to interact with all kinds of people, make sure you socialize it with different people.
Camelot macaws also have the most unpredictable behavioral patterns. They may change their temperamental traits even as they get older. What was a sweet Camelot macaw may unfortunately change into a grown macaw that is I’ll mannered and cranky. If you really do not want to deal with changes such as these, the best age to get this macaw is at 8 to 10 years of age. A Camelot macaw that is well rounded and has been socialized properly can be very inquisitive and affectionate. These birds are intelligent and can learn how to speak, with a vocabulary of 15 expressions and words or more.
Camelot macaw breeding
The Camelot macaw gets to breeding age between 4 to 8 years. The produce a clutch size in 2 to 3 days and incubate for a period of 26 to 28 days. The young ones fledge for more than 16 weeks.
The strangest thing about these birds is, there is no way to determine their sex from looking at them physically. DNA testing is sometimes used when the gender of a Camelot macaw needs to be found out.
Camelot macaw feeding and care
The Camelot macaw feeds on a diet made of commercial pellets, nuts, seeds and fruits. These birds may also take nutritional foods that are good for humans to supplement their diet. What you should keep away from your Camelot macaw is chocolate and avocado. Avocados are toxic to these birds.
When it comes to taking care of your macaw, you need to make sure that its cage is hygienic by cleaning it often such as at least once a week. A spacious cage that has dimensions of 24×9×6 is best. Add toys to the cage to keep the bird occupied. The cage should also be disinfected at least once a year. The dishes that hold the food and water should be replaced everyday with clean ones. For a macaw that is often cranky, trim its beak and nails at regular periods so that it does not harm you, and so that they do not overgrow.
You should allow your Catalina macaw to get out of its cage for some time, preferably a few hours every day so that they can play. It will help the bird stretch its muscles and wings as it flies around. It will also prevent it from getting bored.
Camelot macaw health problems
Just like every other macaw bird, Camelot macaws tend to suffer from some health problems. These health issues are such as beak malformations, proventricular dilation disease, papillomas, kidney disease, psittacosis, infections and other diseases. These diseases can be prevented by taking the bird to the vet regularly so that it can get checkups. There are also some behavioral issues that a Camelot macaw may exhibit such as plucking its feathers when it feels deprived of interaction or neglected.
To maintain a condition that is healthy, Camelot macaws need to be out of their cage for a few hours a day. 2 to 3 hours would be enough for them. It helps them stretch and prevents them from getting bored. They also need regular exercise so that they can maintain their mental and physical condition.
Camelot macaws are popular birds that have been bred over the years. This makes them available for the either adoption or for purchase. They actually form the most common second generation hybrid birds that are present today. A healthy macaw can have a lifespan of up to 50 years. They are intelligent, inquisitive and always open to learn something new. They would be a great option for pets. The only problem that might come with these birds is that they are noisy and depending on the bird, they might get cranky. You should be ready to maintain and give attention to this bird if you plan on getting one. Their unpredictable nature means that their temperament can change when you least expect it. On average, they go for the price of around $2,500. Remember to give your Camelot macaw lots of mental stimulation, interaction and socialization for it to become happy and healthy. A happy pet makes you a happy owner.