Friday, 19 July 2013
Introducing Mickey and Minnie, Ashmore Palms' delightful young pair of Miligold Macaws.
The miligold macaw is a hybrid cross between a military macaw and a blue-and-gold macaw. The miligold macaw is a first-generation hybrid macaw — its parents are two species of naturally occurring macaws. The miligold macaw tends to inherit the intelligence and training ability of its military macaw parent as well as the good nature of the blue-and-gold macaw. You will notice from the images below that miligold macaws have the blues of the blue-and-gold macaw blended with the military macaw colours, which makes a greener aquamarine colour, with the outer wings retaining blue flight feathers.
As there are only about six military macaws in Australia and no more can be brought into the country, we are very lucky to have acquired this rare combination.
Mickey has a lovable cheeky and inquisitive nature while his female mate, Minnie, is a bit more timid but both are settling in extremely well to her new home at Ashmore Palms. Their carers have found that they are particularly fond of warm sweet potato and peas for breakfast. Mickey and Minnie are fast becoming aviary favourites with both their carers and Ashmore Palms' guests.
We hope you and your family can visit Ashmore Palms in the near future to meet Micky and Minnie!