Macaws are large New World parrots from the family Psittacidae, characterized by their long tails, large beaks and unique facial feather patterns. There are 19 species of macaws, four of which are extinct or critically endangered.
Macaws are highly intelligent birds and are often kept as companion animals. The most commonly kept pet species include blue and gold macaws, military macaws, scarlet macaws and golden-collared macaws. Some pet species are hybrids, or crosses between two wild macaw species. These include the popular Catalina or rainbow macaw, which is a cross between the blue and yellow macaw and the scarlet macaw.