Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet macaw

Ara macao

DB.3677 [dup1]

Macaws can live for 40-50 years in the wild. They form bonds for life with a single mate and are rarely parted.

Where and how they live: You are most likely to see these magnificent birds high in the rainforest canopies of Central and Southern America. They gather in flocks at night to roost.

What they eat: They mostly eat fruit and nuts. Their big strong beaks mean they can crack tough nutcases and get into unripe fruit. They occasionally eat flowers and nectar. They often eat clay, which is a good source of minerals and helps them cope with plant toxins.

Are they endangered? Their habitat is disappearing, there are less nest sites available and birds are being hunted for feathers, food and pets. Trading of these animals is generally prohibited by CITES to help protect them from extinction.

Linked objects:

Macaw Feather headdress

Pair of bark armlets (apomí)

Men’s vanity basket (pakára)

Ceremonial dance club (shawaraha)

Jaguar skin belt (kamarapicho)

Madereros en Zona Intangible

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