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.