Scarlet Macaw

By Kushr3

Description

- Classified as a bird. (TAS)

- Its plumage is scarlet in color. (TAS)

- Plumage: color of all the feathers on a bird's body. (TAS)

- The rump and tail feathers are light blue. (TAS)

- The average height: 32 inches. (TAS)

- The weight is 22 lbs. (TAS)

- Macaws communicate by squeaking loudly and screeching. (TAS)

Food

- Fruits and nuts. (STED)

- Their beaks are sharp to help eat them break the shell of the nuts. (STED)

- To help with digestion they eat clay. (TAS)

- They fly and and search for food. (STED)

- They are prey to falcons, eagles, piranhas and humans. (TAS)

Climate, Countries, and Habitat

- found in Central America and South America. (AW)

- home: lowlands or the emergent part of the Rain forests. (AW)

- They live in the tropical climate. (TAS)



Reproduction

- Breeding: during the first half of the year.

- The nest: a hole at the top of a tall dead tree.

- The female lays 2-4 eggs

- Takes care of them for 22 days.

- When born, the young are blind and almost naked.

- Their eyes open after 7-14 days.

- The young are fed by the parents' partially digested vegetable crop contents.

- 10 weeks: covered with feathers, wings and tail are at their full length.

- 6 months: fully grown (it is hard to distinguish the young from the parents).

Calendar:

September - December: Scarlet macaw pairs look for appropriate nest holes and guard them

December - February: Females lay eggs and incubate them for 22 days

January- February: Chicks hatch

March - April - May: Chicks fledge from nests at around 75 days old

June - August: Chicks fly with parents, learn to feed and socialize and start roosting in Guacalillo Mangrove Reserve with the rest of the flock.

(The Last Flight Of The Scarlet Macaw)

Adaption

- Sharp beaks to hurt and injure predator. (AW)

- Hides in hollow trees to escape from predators. (TAS)

- They have extra limbs to climb. (AW)

- Structure: sharp talons and a big beak. (TAS)

- One negative fact: cannot camouflage due to bright and colorful plumage. (AW)

Reasons for Endangerment

- Used as prey. (TAS)

- Predators: harpy eagle, jaguar, monitor lizards, snakes, monkeys and toucans. (AW)

- Hunted by humans. (STED)

- Only around 2000 scarlet macaws are left on this planet. (STED)