Help ID my Macaw.. Harligold?
Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:26 AM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:15 AM
The green in the wings is a clear indication of hybrid. I've seen many similar hybrids myself, although with varying degrees of color to the wings and beak area. Yes, to the untrained eye, they appear pure, but to trained eyes, they are hybrids.
I've seen some 2nd generation hybrids with military or scarlet in them instead of greenwing, and some have a partially horned color beak while others have pure black, but one thing they all have in common is the abnormal amount of green to the wings and tail feathers that a pure would not have. If the breeder says your baby is a harligold, then I'm inclined to believe him. If you can, ask the breeder for pictures of the parents.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:30 AM
He looks more BG to me than any other "harligold".
Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:56 PM
ManyFeathers website is a great example of the variety of colors that such hybrids can come in
Posted below are pics of 3 hybrid B&G's... one is said to be a B&G x Military cross, one to be 75% B&G, 25% Scarlet, and the other is of unknown origin...
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First B&G Hybrid (I believe this one is 25% Scarlet?)
Second B&G Hybrid - Scabz
Third B&G Hybrid Chloe - Assumed to be a Military x B&G
The one macaw that I've seen that comes closest to your macaws coloration is in fact 75% B&G and 25% Scarlet (aka a Catalina x B&G hybrid), found in the following thread on another forum. I'll send you the link in a PM.
As far as colors go, they may change some as he matures and grows into his adult colors, but the changes, if any, may be so slight that they would go unnoticed. His colors may also appear differently under direct sunlight vs indoor lighting.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:17 AM
I have heard that hybrids are smaller than both parent species, are larger than both parent species or even intermediate between the two. I've also seen green wings range in size from not much bigger than a B&G to just about as big as a hyacinth, if not larger! I've seen some size differences in B&G's as well, although not to the same degree as greenwings, so I can't tell you what size your macaw should be.
I don't know about maturing either, especially in hybrids, but I might be able to ask someone who knows.
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