Macaw is the name of about 18 species of large, long-tailed parrots that live in the forested areas of South America, Central America, and Mexico. Twelve out of the eighteen live in the Amazon. Tropical Macaws are the largest species of parrot. It is in the parrot family Psittacidae. They make up the Genus Ara.
They measure from 12 to 39 inches long. (Not including their long, luscious tail) Their tail is about 2/3 their body length. They have long, pointed wings and a very powerful golden bill. Their beautifully colored feathers are blue, red, gold, and green, which cover the body, and tail. Macaws nest in holes in tall trees, they live mostly in the canopy and emergent layer. They eat nuts, seeds, and fruit that grow in the trees. Since they usually travel in small groups, they can often be seen flying swiftly in pairs over the Amazon forest.
Macaws can be easily tamed, but do not readily learn to talk. These kinds of birds are not common as household pets because they scream loudly and may bite.
Two kinds of macaws that live in the Amazon are the scarlet macaw and the blue and yellow macaw. The blue and yellow macaw as well as the scarlet macaw, has rich and brilliant colors that can be seen well against all of the green leaves and bushes. The blue and yellow, like their name, are mostly blue and yellow. They also have slight green, and every once in a while some red. The scarlet is mostly red, but has some yellow, and blue on its tail. Also, it has green on its face, but very lightly. Another, less common, species of Macaw is the Green-Winged. It is the most common type to have visible green on it. Also, it has a broader beak. Another common green macaw is the Great Green.
Some more species of macaw are the Spix, Military, Hyacinthine, Lears, Glaucous, and the Great Green Macaw. Most of these birds live in Brazil or other tropical regions. They are ravishingly beautiful and have a place like any other living thing in the food chain: the circle of life.
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