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About the Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics, from eastern Mexico to Amazonian Peru and Brazil, in lowlands up to 500 meters. It is the national bird of Honduras.

Scarlet Macaws make loud, low-pitched, throaty squawks and screams. They eat mostly fruits and seeds, including large, hard seeds. A typical sighting is of a single bird or a pair flying above the forest canopy, though in some areas flocks can be seen. They may gather at clay licks.

The conservation group The ARA Project is working to help this endangered species with a successful captive breeding and release program.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Ara macao
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Ara
  • A. macao
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
32 to 36 inches
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Araracanga (Brazilian)
  • Ara Arakanga (Czech)
  • Lyserød Ara (Danish)
  • Geelvleugelara (Dutch)
  • Puna-ara (Finnish)
  • Ara Rouge (French)
  • Hellroter Ara (German)
  • Ara Scarlatta (Italian)
  • コンゴウインコ (Kongouinko) (Japanese)
  • 금강앵무 (Geumgangaengmu) (Korean)
  • Gulvingerødara (Norwegian)
  • Ara Zóltoskrzydla (Polish)
  • Красный ара (Russian)
  • Guacamaya Roja / Bandera o Lapa Roja (Spanish)
  • Ljusröd Ara (Swedish)

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