Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is a large parrot found in humid evergreen forests throughout Central and South America. It is about 81 cm (32 in) long but more than half of that is its tail. It weighs about 1 kg (2.2 lb).

Its diet consists of fruit, nuts and seeds. As well these birds visit “clay licks” where they ingest soil possibly to counter toxic compounds in the food they eat.

Scarlet Macaws have a red head and body. The wings are blue and yellow. They have a life span of over 80 years. Usually they are seen flying alone or in pairs but will form flocks of up to 30 birds.

Scarlet Macaw @ Safari Niagara

Scientific Classification

Species:A. macao

Did you know?

  • Their numbers have been greatly reduced in some areas due to predation by hunters for the pet trade.
  • As a result they have been placed on the CITES Appendix 1 list which means it is now illegal to trade in captured birds.