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Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao


It is about 81 centimetres (32 in) long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws, though the Scarlet Macaw has a larger percentage of tail than the other large Macaws. The average weight is about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb). The plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upper wing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. Some individuals may have green in the wings.


Scarlet Macaws originate in the humid lowland subtropical rain forests, open woodlands, river edges, and savannas of Central and South America. The habitat of the Central American Scarlet Macaw runs through the extreme eastern and southern regions of Mexico and Panama, but also through Guatemala and Belize, while the South American population has an extensive range that covers the Amazon basin; extending to Peru east of the Andes, to Bolivia, and Paraguay


The Scarlet Macaw lays two or three white eggs in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs for about five weeks, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching and leave their parents about a year later. Because of this, the chicks may have a hard time on their own.

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cecihelper1 3 years ago

Thanks everyone!! Vale, I agree!!

pilara1 3 years ago

what a lovely bird!!! beautiful colors!!

mili1 3 years ago

lovely parrot!!!!

santi1 3 years ago

beautiful colors

ale1 3 years ago

Beautiful bird, good spotting!

vale1 3 years ago

beautiful colors, i like more the second more!!!?=)

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Saint George´s School
Spotted by a student at Saint George´s School

Zacatecas, Mexico

Lat: 24.00, Long: -103.37

Spotted on May 1, 2012
Submitted on May 1, 2012

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