Scarlet Macaw

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Scarlet Macaw


Mexico, Central and the northern parts of South America.


Rain forest, high in trees.


Bright scarlet. Lower back, upper and under-tail feathers pale blue. Wing feathers yellow with green tips. Underside of flight feathers red. Bare facial area creamy-white. Upper mandible horn is black on lower sides of base; lower mandible is gray black. Iris yellow; legs dark grey.


These macaws are generally seen in pairs, or small flocks of up to 30. Paired birds fly close together, their wings almost touching. They undertake conspicuous daily flights from their roosting site to scattered feeding grounds. They are extremely wary, and at the slightest sign of danger rise into the air screetching loudly.


Monogamous. They nest inside hollow trees. Nesting material is rarely used. Incubation is 28 to 35 days on two to three white eggs. Young are blind, naked, and require nest care for two to three months. Sexual maturity is reached at about three years.

Did YOU Know?    
Macaws are named for their habit of eating the nuts of the macaw palm.
Scarlet Macaw
Class: birds
Genus: Ara
Species: macao
Height: Up to 3 feet
Average Lifespan: 40
Wild Diet: Seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, and vegetable matter from trees.
Predators: Birds of prey, and man for their feathers and for the pet trade.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed

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