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Ara Macaw – Guacamayo Escarlata

General characteristics

  • Genre: Ara
  • Species: Macao
  • Alternative Names: Due to its wide geographical distribution, it has many names: Macaw Macao, Colorado, Flag, Red, Flag, Royal and Pink, Red Parrot, Flag, Red, Pink, Red, Red Yellow Wing, Tricolor and Seven Colors, Red or Red Lapa, Plow and Flag.
  • Subspecies of the Scarlet Macaw: Ara Macao Cyanoptera
  • Average length: 85 cm cm
  • Adult weight: 1060 – 1123 g
  • Food: Fruits, seeds, nuts, plants, nectar and clay
  • Longevity in freedom: 30 – 50 years
  • Number of offspring: 2 to 4 holes
  • Natural habitat: Variety of habitats but mainly in humid tropical forests, often near water. Generally, up to 500 m and in specific areas, 1,000 m.
  • Geographic distribution: From central Nicaragua to the Peruvian Amazon and Brazil (subspecies also in northern Central America).

Curiosities of the Scarlet Macaw

  • In the Amazon jungle, they congregate on the banks of the river, in the clay licks to eat.
  • In the Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru there are several colpas including the largest known in the world.
  • The macaws are the largest parrots on the planet.
  • Scarlet Macaws can fly up to 56 km / hour.
  • They can live up to 50 years in freedom.
  • Their calls (“rrraaah”) can sometimes be heard in kilometers.
  • It is the national bird of Honduras.
  • Like many parrots, the dark gray color of their eyes turns yellow when they are young adults and are usually left-handed.

IUCN conservation assessment

  • Estimated world population: Less than 50,000
  • Conservation status: Minor concern
  • Population trend: In decline



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