Fun Facts

Macaws: Did You Know...

Many of the 16 macaw species require large tracts of relatively pristine habitat for their survival.  As such, they may be ideal biological indicators of the conservation status of rainforests.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws seem to be a particularly sensitive macaw.  If mistreated while young, it can grow up to be belligerent and prone to biting.

Macaws: Did You Know...

An individual scarlet macaw may be sold for more than $1,000.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws mate for life and have a very close relationship with their partner called a “pair bond.”

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws, like other parrot species, travel long distances (over 100 kilometers) in search of food resources.  Consequently, they may cross political boundaries so that a negative impact to the population in one country would have a negative impact on populations in neighboring countries.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws use a variety of harsh, loud screeching calls, guttural squawks and growls to communicate.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws (and parrots more generally) are seed predators, meaning they eat and destroy seeds rather than eating the fruit and leaving the seeds.  This limits the number of seeds that can germinate into new plants and influences the generation of forest tree species.  In contrast, many other birds are seed dispersers that don’t harm the seeds and drop them some place away from the parent tree to germinate into new plants.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaw reproductive rates in the wild are low for a number of reasons, including a natural scarcity of suitable nesting sites.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws strong wings let them reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Like other parrots, Scarlet macaws are left-handed. They use their left foot to handle food and grasp things while their right supports their body.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Monkeys, toucans, snakes, and other large mammals prey on Scarlet macaws.

Macaws: Did You Know...

Scarlet macaws strong wings let them reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.

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