Scarlet Macaw

Our Scarlet Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Scarlet Macaw (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Scarlet Macaw Facts
Scarlet Macaw
Ara macoa

Type
Bird
Life Span
Wild:30-40 years
Captivity: 50 years
Size
32 inches
Average Weight
2.2 lbs
Group Name
Company or Flock
Name of Young
Chick

Our Scarlet Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Scarlet macaws range from southern Mexico into the Amazon Basin. They are the national bird of Honduras.
  • They are monogamous and remain with a single mate until one dies. They do sometimes flock in larger groups and often commune at clay licks.
  • They are known for their brightly colored feathers. They may seem eye catching to us, but their colors help them blend into their rainforest environment of green leaves and red and yellow fruits.
  • Although they are very popular as pets, macaws can be difficult to care for. They are intelligent and require considerable amounts of interaction. They are also very loud, messy, and can be destructive.
  • Scarlet macaws are common, but their population is in decline as the result of habitat loss and poaching.

Did You Know?

Scarlet macaws often gather at clay licks. It is believed that they ingest clay in order to get sodium and other minerals. Clay may also help their bodies better digest certain foods they eat.