Macaws are members of the parrot family which has 340 species. There are 16 species of macaw at the moment but some of these are close to extinction.

Overview

MacawDistribution: throughout much of Central and South America, from Panama to northern tip of Argentina.

Habitat: forests, especially those that grow in swampy ground or along rivers; more open country when searching for food.

Description: rich blue on the crown, nape, back, wings and upperside of tail: golden yellow on the underside of the tail. Large black patch on throat, black bill. White, bare skin on sides of face with wavy lines of small, black feathers.

Size: length of body to tail tip, 85cm. Tail, 50cm.

Life-span: up to 50 years in captivity

Food: nuts, fruit, seeds, berries. Macaws are members of the parrot family which has 340 species. There are 16 species of macaw at the moment but some of these are close to extinction. The largest species of macaw is the hyacinth which is 1 metre long from head to tail tip. The red-shouldered macaw is the smallest, measuring 30cm.

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