Scarlet Macaw Scarlet Macaw

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ara macao

Beautiful multi-colored Macaws from South and Central America will dazzle and delight you. Keepers explain how these beautiful birds are monogamous and live in small groups.  The only way to tell the sex of a Macaw is to have a blood test performed.

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The Macaw is among the largest parrots in the world. It’s brightly colored, with a hooked bill which allows it to crush nuts and climb trees, a short neck, long tail and reversed toes (two before, two behind), which aid in grasping seeds and climbing. Most are fruit and seed eaters, with well-developed crops to soften food. A Macaw is an intelligent and gregarious animal, and in isolation it can mimic human keepers as a form of social behavior.

A macaw will travel in what is known as a screeching flock, except when breeding. It often gathers in flocks where it’s commonly in pairs, and will form a roosting group. Up to 20 birds may form family groups. It’s believed that macaws are monogamous and won’t breed until they are 3-4 years old. A macaw will commonly mate for years, if not for life. Macaw chicks do not get a full set of feathers until 10 weeks of age and will stay in the nest for another three weeks. By 6 months old the baby Macaw looks just like its beautifully colored parents.



ANIMAL INFORMATION
HABITATMEXICO TO BOLIVIA
WEIGHT2-2.5 LB.
MATING18-20 DAYS IN FEBRUARY & JUNE (PANAMA-SOUTH AMERICA) AUGUST-DECEMBER IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF RANGE
GESTATION26-28 DAY INCUBATION
YOUNG2-3 EGGS
FAMILYPSITTACIDAE
ORDERPSITTACIFORMES
HABITUSUALLY IN PAIRS AND SMALL FAMILY GROUPS
DIETFRUIT, SEEDS, VEGETABLE MATTER, AND SOMETIMES INSECTS
LIFE SPANUP TO 70 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY


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