Green-winged macaw - Ara chloroptera
Blue and yellow macaw - Ara ararauna

 Quick Facts


Found: Mexico, Central & South America
Size: Up to 3 feet long with tail
Weight:  Up to 3 pounds
Diet:  fruit, seeds, nuts, berries
Life Span:  Up to 50 years
Status:  Most species are endangered

Macaws are parrots with very long tail feathers. They have large, strong, curved beaks designed to crush nuts and seeds. It is so strong it can easily crush a whole Brazil nut—or a person’s knuckle. Loud, screaming calls are natural for macaws but quite earsplitting to humans. They do it to make contact with one another, to define territory, and even as part of their play. Macaws can also imitate sounds, often repeating words they hear. Their bright colors actually blend in well with the green leaves, red and yellow fruits, and bluish shadows of their forest homes. They are very long lived sometimes living up to 50 or 60 years.

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