Fun Facts About Macaws
Macaws Most Beautiful Bird
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16 Fun Facts About Macaws
These characteristics make for some interesting facts about macaws.
1. Macaws are the most beautiful of all birds.
2. Some macaws can mimic human speech.
3. They are a formidable foe in a fight. ( Pirates would throw them at attackers. )
4. Macaws are highly intelligent animals that constantly investigate their environment, often with their tongues.
5. They are also a highly social animal.
6. They are well adapted to their environment.
7. Macaws are the largest in the parrot family.
8. Habitat tropical rainforest but some like the savannah.
6. Macaws have a peculiar relationship with poison.
10. Macaws are Monogamous.
11. Macaws are very loud. ( I mean really loud )
12. Macaws Can Live More Than 80 Year.
13. It Is Possible to Breed Hybrid Macaws
14. The hyacinth macaw is the longest parrot, with a head to tail length of nearly 40 inches.
15. Macaws have long beautiful tail feathers as well as big super strong beaks.
16. Macaw adaptations include large, curved, strong beaks designed to crack open hard nuts and seeds.
Description of the Macaw
Macaws are stocky birds with a large head, a thick strong beak and a long tail relative to their body-size.
The Macaw species are sometimes divided into two groups, the Large Macaws and the Mini Macaws.
I personally have never seen a Mini Macaw on Roatan.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Scarlet Macaws have squawks, screeches, whistles, honks and a deep loud harsh calls,
rrrraaah that can carry a mile or so, quieter at rest or feeding with soft raah calls.
It can call a series of 3 to 9 continuous rrrraaah for few seconds with brief pauses in between each call.
When perching or flying in pairs or large flocks (20 - 100 or so birds) their calls could be very loud.
When feeding they have a soft continuous series of soft raah calls.
Some macaws gather in large numbers at clay licks which they eat; it is believed this helps their digestion.
And it is a social event for macaws. May also help them deal with poisons.
Macaws can mimic the human voice (chatting is not their style) and other noises in their surroundings.
The muscular, nimble tongue of parrots may help explain their uncanny ability to mimic human speech, scientists have concluded.
Macaws are one of the few animals known to have the same breeding partner for their entire lives.
The pair often share their food with one another to strengthen the bond. They are true blue to their mate.
The dry, scaly tongue is used to explore, and to extract food items.
To help with this, the tongue contains a series of bones.
An effective tool for tapping into fruits
Habitat of the Macaw
Macaws use a wide range of habitats, depending on the species.
Most live in forests, woodland but some species prefer the more open savannah-like habitats.
They prefer rainforests
Distribution of the Macaw
In the wild, macaws mainly live in Central America, Mexico, and South America.
Because they are kept widely as pets, in captivity they are found worldwide.
The habitat of scarlet macaws is also considered to have the greatest latitudinal range for any bird in the genus Ara, as the estimated maximum territorial range covers 6,700,000 km2
Diet of the Macaw
Macaws are omnivorous, they eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, flowers, insects, snails and stems.
Wild species may forage widely, over 62 mi for some of the larger species such as Ara araurana (blue and yellow macaw)
and Ara ambigua (great green macaw), in search of seasonally available foods.
Macaws and Human Interaction
Macaws are very popular as pets, but unfortunately, there is a large black market
for some of the rarer species, which contributes to their endangered status in the wild.
Furthermore, some of their natural habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and habitat degradation.
Native humans sometimes hunt macaws for their bright and vivid feathers, which they use as decoration.
Like many species of parrots, macaws are extremely social creatures.
Because of their gregarious nature and inclination to form tight bonds,
you can't expect a macaw to sit quietly in its cage while you go about your day.
They need daily human interaction.
Several species of macaws have been bred to create hybrids with desirable colors and patterns –
this means that some species at least, have been domesticated.
The scarlet macaw has been bred in captivity for a long time,
first at Paquime in Northern Mexico in the 11th century.
The scarlet macaw today is in captivity worldwide, mostly in the Americas.
Macaws can be a Good Pet
Thousands of macaws are kept as pets, many of which are wonderful, playful pets for their owners.
However, some macaws can become a one-person-bird and develop a habit of very painfully biting anyone who is not this person. They can also be quite disruptive if they develop a habit of screeching.
In other words, they're high-maintenance pets.
But if you're okay with a pet that requires a significant time investment from its owner, a macaw may be a good option.
Macaws are a highly intelligent birds and constantly investigate their habitate.
They must be given a stimulating, changing environment, and plenty of attention from their owners.
They enjoy chewing very much and should be provided with lots of fresh non-toxic tree branches or other suitable items.
A macaw needs a cage tall enough to prevent its tail feathers from hitting the cage bottom, which can cause the tail feathers to bend or break.
Overall, a macaw needs a much larger cage and play stand than other parrot species, so a potential owner should take space considerations into account.
Macaws are very social animals,soon after becoming adults, they form pairs and then join a flock, usually of about 30 individuals, but sometimes as many as 100.
The flock members communicate with each other by a wide range of squawks, screeches, whistles, and honks.
These vocalizations are also used to identify their partners, and to mark territory.
Flocks are active during the day (diurnal), and often fly long distances to search for food.
Macaws are playful birds who love to roll on their backs.
They are quite talkative birds, with some training, these birds will talk all day long.
A common behavior that has been observed in the bird is that they present one side of their face slowly moving their heads to present the other side.
Reproduction details vary between the species.
The following represents scarlet macaws: The female lays 2-3 eggs, usually in a tree cavity, where they incubate for about 5 weeks.
The chicks fly from the nest (fledge) approximately 90 days after hatching, and then leave their parents completely about a year later.
Scarlet macaws become sexually mature at about 5 years of age.