Hybrid macaws are the product of cross breeding of more than one species of macaw, resulting in a hybrid. They are often characterized and bred for their unique and distinct coloring, and for this reason, are highly sought after and valued in the exotic pet trade. Macaws are native to tropical North and South America. Hybridization of macaws occurs both in nature and captivity, being one of the few species that can product viable, fertile offspring unlike many other hybrids produced from crossing different species resulting in sterile hybrids with factors that limit their success of survival (e.g., liger and mule). Hybrid macaws do not hold any scientific names, and are often labeled by the two macaw species they are produced from (e.g., scarlet macaw x green winged macaw)
There are 19 species of macaw, many of which can product up to three generations (potentially more) of hybrids. Generation F1, being the most common, has the widest variety of hybrids and are the most popular and well known. Hybrid macaws are also often viable in generation F2 which means they are able to reproduce, unlike generation F3 and later due to a rising rate of sterility. The most popular hybrids include crossing with the Blue and Yellow Macaw, Military Macaw or Scarlet Macaw.
CENTURION Hybrid Macaws include
- F1 – Catalina [Ara ararauna × Ara macao]
- F1 – Calico [Ara chloropterus x Ara militaris]
- F1 – Harlequin [Ara ararauna x Ara chloropterus]
- F3 – Capri [Ara macao x [Ara ararauna x Ara macao]] x [Ara macao]