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What kind of bird is a rainbow macaw?

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The rainbow macaw, or the Catalina macaw, is a hybrid between the scarlet macaw and the blue-and-yellow macaw, both of which are South American parrots. All macaws are large birds with stout beaks, long tail feathers, vibrant coloration and small areas of bare skin on their faces.

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Rainbow macaws do not exist in the wild. They are artificially bred by humans to produce birds with striking coloration. Most rainbow macaws are primarily red or orange, with green and blue on their backs and yellow on their wings and tails. They do not differ significantly from their progenitor species in terms of size or weight. The name "rainbow" for this hybrid is primarily used in Australia. Elsewhere, they are known as Catalina macaws.

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