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Macaw (Scarlet)

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Ara macao
Macaw (Scarlet)


They are found in Central and South America.


They live in wild forests. They don’t do well in forests that are being cut down.

Body Traits

They are bright red, with yellow, blue and green wing and tail feathers. They have a white face. Their colors may vary throughout their range. They can be more than 30 inches long including their long tail. They have a large, curved, powerful beak for breaking through the husks of rainforest fruits. They also have sharp claws for plucking and holding the fruit while they feed and perch on branches high up in the forst canopy.


They are known for eating river clay. No one knows why for sure.


They eat fruit, nuts, flowers and flower nectar. They don’t spread seeds like some fruit-eating animals, but actually eat or destroy the seeds.

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They nest in tree holes. The females lay 1 – 2 eggs.

Macaw (Scarlet)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Psittacinae
Genus: Ara
Species: A. macao

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