Scarlet Macaw ( Ara Macao )
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Generally speaking, the macaws are the largest and the most magnificent members of the entire parrot family. There are seventeen species and all of them are characterized by long tails and an unfeathered area of skin on their faces. The Scarlet macau is distributed in Mexico, Panama and then from Amazonian region to Bolivia. They live in forested areas and in savanna. Their nests are situated in tall trees in a hollow chamber.
The plumage is pretty colorful and therefore very spectacular. The feathers are scarlet red. The red and green macaw has got crimson color. This plumage coloration is one of few things which help us to distinguish these two species. On the face there is a white area around the eyes. The wings are yellow-blue and the long tail has got blue and red plumage. The males and the females are alike. Their size is approximately 80-96 cm (31-38 inches).
Ara macao feeds on seeds, plants, fruits, nuts and so on. Surprisingly they were also seen to eat mud from the mineral-rich soil in certain parts of Peru. There are some speculations that this mud containing different minerals may neutralize the plant toxins they eat.