Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao

The Scarlet Macaw is one of the larger macaws at 85cm ( 33.5 inches ) in length, also one of the most spectacular looking.

Usually seen in pairs or family parties looking for food in the canopy of the forest. Macaws have a large powerful beak, which is mainly to give access to certain hard shelled foods, for example the Brazil nut.

Macaws can also handle more delicate seeds using their bulbous leathery tongue like a finger to manipulate food against its lower bill. Incidentally, the beak can greatly assist the bird when climbing in the treetops.

This particular species is considered threatened, by collection for the pet trade and deforestation.  This is an International Studbook for this species and Birdland is part of the breeding programme.

Distribution: Mexico through Central America, Columbia, Guianas and Trindad, Brazil, eastern Peru and Bolivia.

Diet: Seeds and fruit.

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