Scarlet Macaw

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Ara macao
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Ara
  • A. macao
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
32 to 36 inches

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Araracanga
Czech (Cesky) Ara Arakanga
Danish (Dansk) Lyserød Ara
Dutch (Nederlands) Geelvleugelara
Finnish (Suomi) Puna-ara
French (Français) Ara Rouge
German (Deutsch) Hellroter Ara
Italian (Italiano) Ara Scarlatta
Japanese (日本語) コンゴウインコ (Kongouinko)
Korean (한국어) 금강앵무 (Geumgangaengmu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulvingerødara
Polish (Polski) Ara Zóltoskrzydla
Russian (русский язык) Красный ара
Spanish (Español) Guacamaya Roja / Bandera o Lapa Roja
Swedish (Svenska) Ljusröd Ara
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