The Macaw

Appearance

The macaw of the rainforest is the owner of a very amazing appearance.It’s the largest most colorful in the parrot family. The macaw is green, blue, red, or yellow on the wing and body. The male and the female are both colorful. This bird has a big head, short neck, very large tail, and a thick curved beak. This creature has two toes that point forward and two that point backward. The height of the macaw is about thirty-six inches including the tail. There are three hundred fifty species of macaws.

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Habitat

The tropical habitat of the rainforest is home to the macaw. It lives in North, Central and South America. The macaw makes its home in Mexico, Eastern Panama, Brazil, and northern Argentina. The macaw’s habitat is in the canopy layer of the Amazon rainforest, they always prefer to live in a humid forest with lots of trees to nest in. Although, they can also have homes in swamps, rivers, valleys, grasslands, and mountains.
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Food

Feeding habits of the macaw are unique The. It holds its food with their toes and crack open the nuts with their beak. This creature uses its tongue to pull the kernel from the nut shell. This rainforest bird eats nuts from the Psittacide tree, as well as berries, leaves, seeds, and fruit. Some seeds have toxins or poisons that they get from Soapbox and Mahogany trees. The macaw can eat this poison because the bird eats clay by the river bank. This clay traps the toxins and poison,the poison comes out in its waste to protect the macaw from this dangerous substance.


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Friends and Enemies

The macaw doesn’t have many friends, but lots of enemies. The macaw is related to the parrot. This magnificent bird is on the endangered list because humans are buying them for pets.The macaw is also losing its habitat because of the destruction of the trees in their habitat. Some of its enemies are jaguars, snakes, falcons, eagles, and monkeys.
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Bibliography

Bibliography


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