Size: 85 cm / 33.3 inches
Life Expectancy: 50 - 80 years
About The Scarlet Macaw
The Scarlet Macaws are large Macaws that need lots of free space. The Scarlet Macaw is extremely intelligent and can be a very talented talker. It has a strong personality and should be given a lot of attention and freedom.
As the name suggests, Scarlet Macaws are bright scarlet with jet black and pale white bill. It has red with green and yellow patches on its blue wings. Primaries and tail coverts blue, greater wing coverts and shoulder coverts yellow, undersides of wings red-brown. Lower back and rump are light blue. Cheek region is bare and white with red feather lines. They have yellow eyes; their upper mandible is pale with black at the base, lower mandible and legs appear to have a charcoal shade. Females tend to be smaller with shorter, broader beak.
Origin of the Scarlet Macaw
It is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics, from extreme eastern Mexico locally to Amazonian Peru and Brazil. Their natural habitat is in tropical Mexico to Bolivia. Formerly it ranged north to southern Tamaulipas. It can still be found on the island of Coiba.
The Central American scarlet macaw is found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, while the South American scarlet macaw is found in Columbia, Equador, Peru and Brazil.
- Scarlet Macaw needs fresh branches for occupation and to chew on.
- The Scarlet Macaw's strong bill is adapted not only to crush its food, but also as an additional limb for climbing.
- The bill is hinged against the skull for independent movement, thus increasing its strength and flexibility.
- These birds can be very aggressive and territorial while breeding.
The Scarlet Macaws are outgoing birds and often form large flocks. They communicate by making various calls, from squawks to piercing shrieks, and are also well known for their ability to imitate human sounds. They can be cranky at times.
Scarlet Macaws make loud, low-pitched, throaty squawks, squeaks and screams designed to carry many miles. These splendid birds can fly at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, often flying in pairs or small flocks.
Scarlet Macaw As A Pet
Scarlet Macaws can utter small amount of words easily. Attachment with its owner is their distinctive feature. They are extremely intelligent and with proper training can be very good talkers. They are loving, and very intelligent birds. Only improper or aggressive handling will cause them to be aggressive and nippy. The babies usually are sweet tempered. Proper and gentle handling will help them to develop into a pet that is as gentle and affectionate as any other Macaw could be. Learn how to fully train your Scarlet Macaw and control his behavior
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