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terri - 2005-09-17
We are owned by a 13 year precocious, mischeivious, hilarious, bratty harlequin. She's got a great sense of humor and rules this roost. We love her madly.

Great creature, but .......VERY high maintenance. While quite lively and entertaining, they require--no, demand-- a great deal of time, care and attention. It's like having a 4 year old under foot at all times. This includes both the good and bad behaviors. So if you aren't ready to engage in a full time relationship, this is not the bird for you.

That being said our little "monster" (her name is Spanish for a mythical boogie man monster) is truly a great addition to our family. FYI: we do not have children in our home. She knows all our cats by name and calls for them. Often telling on them when they have done something wrong. Or blaming them for something she has done wrong. One afternoon she had opened up the lock on her cage and quietly ventured into the bathroom where she proceeded to chew off an entire corner of the door! Created a hole the size of a large fat cat. When I found her, I said "What happened here?" She said, "The kitties."

Recently we had to travel overnight and left her alone. Mind you, overnight only. She was stocked up with plenty of food, water, toys and classical music playing softly. When we got home, she had no voice. We took her to the vet to be sure she wasn't sick. She wasn't. As it turns out she screamed herself hoarse. Needless to say we enjoyed the respite from the earsplitting noise she shares with us.


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  • Suzi - 2013-06-13
    I like the way you started out with 'We are owned by'. Haha We, too are owned by a Harlequin Macaw named Harley. She is 21 years old, and is the life of the household. She loves my daughter dearly, and is her great protector. I even took her to school once for 2nd grade halloween party. She loves children, all of them got to pet her. She also cannot stand when people get loud - no fighting in our house. Haha I really enjoy talking to other people who have friends like our Harley. Thank you!
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SjB - 2004-10-19
I LOVE THIS SITE !!

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JOE GAMMINO - 2005-05-04
I HAVE A PAIR OF BLUE THROATS THAT ARE 11 YEARS OLD, AND THEY ARE NOW FINALLY STARTING TO BEAK FEED EACH OTHER! I HAVE TALKED TO OTHER BREEDERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFUL PAIRS AND THEY SAY THAT THESE ARE VERY HARD TO BREED. THEY USUUALLY START BREEDING AROUND 10-12 YEARS OF AGE! A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULAR MACAW! AND ARE VERY DIFFICULT PARENTS, YOU WILL FINDING YOURSELF INCUBATING THE EGGS! THEY ARE ALSO VERY JEALOUS BIRDS! THEY CAN BOND TO ONE PERSON AND SOMETIMES WILL ATTEMPT TO ATTACK THE OTHER PERSON IF YOU INTERUPT THEM! I HAVE BEEN BREEDING BIRDS FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND SINCE OWNING THESE MACAWS AM VERY SURPRISED AT THE DIFFERENCE SAY TO THE B&GS! BUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND IF YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON HANDLING THEM YOU WILL BE FINE! THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BLUE THROATS! I BELEIVE THEY WILL BE ON THE ENDANGERED LIST IN THE WILD FOR SOMETIME BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF RAISING THEIR YOUNG! THANKS

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L'oiseau Rebelle - 2005-09-09
I wondered for years what my macaw "Carmen" was; I was told when I got her that she was a Catalina macaw and I remember thinking that she didn't look like any Catalina I'd ever seen. I saw her parents (her mother is a Military and her father is a Scarlet) and I asked the breeder if "Catalina" was also a name applied to a Military/Scarlet cross and he said it applied to all hybrid macaws. I didn't quite believe this but didn't give it any more thought until I ran across this page. I can't believe how much "Tonya" looks like Carmen! They could be sisters!! Thanks for helping give my girl the right identity! :)

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Janet - 2003-11-13
I have a 1 1/2 year old Harlequin named Dolly. She is drop dead beautiful and has rich deep colors, she is very intelligent and has
a huge vocabulary. She knows many words and can say serveral small
sentences. I bought her when she was 3 months old. She is very bonded
to me and wont let anyone else touch her. She does like men but only
if they have a beard or mustache, otherwise they can forget it.
Harlequins are so hard to find.Only a handful of people breed them and they usually get deposits on the eggs before they even hatch. I recently brought mine to a huge bird show in Orlando to have her microchipped. I had a crowd around me the whole time. I could have sold her 6 times over. She gathered a crowd at every turn. Luckily I would never part with her for any amount of money

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George - 2008-09-04
This is george again. Over 2 years later and paco has come a long way. He is an outgoing lovable goober who adores my wife, and if she isn't around likes me. God forbid I get near her or him though, if they are together, he will rip me apart. But for the most part he is a great bird. Definitely not for the first time bird owner, like others have commented. It took us 2 years too get him handable and trustworthy, and yes he is very strong.

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Whitney Pelszynski - 2003-07-26
My first macaw was a Harlequin. They are awesome birds with wonderful personalities. If I ever got a hybrid macaw again, I would defintely get a Harlequin.

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Dana - 2012-03-02
I need to know what pesticide is safe to use in the cage for knats and moths? I found demetrious Earth food grade, has anyone any information for me? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    You can use Camicide - not the aerosole but the pump. It is a natural made from Chrysanthemums and it works. You can do another thing which really helps and that is freeze your seed for 24 hours prior to use. That kills the seed moths/knats. Easier.
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Anonymous - 2013-03-22
Hi my hahns macaw is nearly two, and very happy and healthy, but in the lst few months his tail feathers have got shorter and shorter, and look jagged and rough, like they have been rubbed away by climbing the bars. His cage is massive and came with him so is proper size and everything, and this hasnt happened before. could it be too many toys, or the cardboard box house i gave him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    It does sound like his tail is being rubbed against something, so it could be the toys. Tail feathers don't really get shorter or ragged on their own.
  • Jake - 2013-05-28
    Sounds like your hahns is plucking/shredding its own tail feathers. Get it some toys that look like they are good for shredding like platted palm leaves or lots of ends of natural string poking out of something.
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levi - 2006-12-06
These birds are breath-taking in personality and in color! I have a friend who owns a Hyacinth macaw name Sky and he was the perfect role model for his species. Gentle, playful, calm, highly intelligent, affectionate, loyal, loving and outgoing. His vocabulary is okay. For anyone on a shopping spree for birds, this bird is worth every penny!

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  • Linda - 2013-04-24
    I own a 3 yr.old female we named Paco. She accidently got loose about 4 months since we had her. I was devistated to say the least. I would follow her calls,because no other bird sounds like this one in our neighborhood. Finally I captured her 3 and a half days later.She was hungry and came to the sound of the macadamia's hitting the pavement(her favorite food). I was never so relieved and happy. It goes to show you that it pays to bond to your bird and to never give up the search. By the way later on that evening I got her back we had tremendous thunder storms and lightening. Thank goodness she was safe inside.
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