Scarlet macaw

Scarlet macaw Ara macao

ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
Size80–90cm
Weight0.9–1.2kg
Incubation24–28 days
Eggs2-4
Life-span50 years
Diet
fruit and nuts

Habitat
forest, palm groves

Range
Central and South America


Like other macaws, scarlet macaws live in groups made up of several couples, most of whom mate for life.
 
The female incubates the eggs while the male feeds her by regurgitating food. The young are born featherless and blind. Their first feathers appear after about 3 weeks. They leave the nest after 3–4 months but remain close to their parents until they have attained sexual maturity.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo