Scarlet

Scarlet macaw
Ara macao cyanoptera

Taxonomy

  • Scientific name:

    Ara macao cyanoptera

  • Family:

    Psittacidae

  • Genus:

    Ara

  • Species:

    Macao

  • Common names:

    Scarlet macaw

Biology

  • Morphology:

    The Scarlet Macaw occupies the 4th place in size among the 17 macaw species in the Americas. The adults measure 85-96 CM from head to tail. It’s body plumaje is scarlet red, while the coverlet and secondary wing feathers are bright yellow. The cover feathers of the tail are a clear blue, while the primary feathers are red.

  • Reproduction:

    they nest in natural cavities of large upper canopy trees, alive or dead. The parents are highly attentive raising the chicks. They lay 1-3 eggs.

  • Diet:

    Seeds, fruits, young leaves

Ecology

  • Range:

    Historically, this species extends from southern Tamaulipas and Oaxaca in Mexico, southward through Central America (In Eastern Honduras) to the Magdalena Valley in Colombia, and then on the east side of the Andes Mountains in the Amazon Region to Santa Cruz in Bolivia and the Northern Mato Grosso in Brazil.

  • Habitat:

    They are found mainly in evergreen y upper jungle. It is a lowland species and generally not found above 500

Threats

  • Deforestation and Illegal trafficking for the pet trade Risk Category: IUCN Red List: In Danger of Extinction. NOTE: The Scarlet Macaw is the “National Bird of Honduras” and the Sacred Bird of the Maya.