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 Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)




Scarlet Macaw | Ara macao photo
Scarlet Macaw, San Diego Zoo, USA.

Photograph by Paul Sapiano. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Scarlet Macaw | Ara macao photo
Scarlet Macaw in the Amazon jungle.

Photograph by Brian Snelson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

SCARLET MACAW FACTS

Description
The Scarlet Macaw is a large scarlet parrot with light blue rump and tail-covert feathers. The upper sides of the wing flight feathers are dark blue, and the upper wing coverts are yellow. The undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with gold iridescence. The face has bare white patch. The upper mandible is mostly pale gray and the lower mandible is black. Juveniles are similar to adults but have dark eyes, whereas adults have pale yellow eyes.

Size
length 81 to 96 cm, including tail which is more than half the total length. Weight: 1kg.

Environment
lowland subtropical rain forest, open woodland, river edges, savanna.

Food
fruit, seeds, nectar and buds.

Breeding
The Scarlet Macaw lays two or three white eggs in a tree cavity. The eggs hatch after about 28 days. The young leave the nest about 90 days after hatching.

Range
eastern and southern regions of Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and Belize, Amazon basin in South America, to Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Ara
Species:macao
Common Name:Scarlet Macaw


Relatives in same Genus
  Military Macaw (A. militaris)