Macaw

By C.Z.

Description

  • Macaws are birds belonging to the parrot family
  • Colorful feathers and long tails
  • Tough stong beaks
  • No fur or feathers on the face
  • Size varies from 30cm to 102cm (Macaws)
  • About 1550 to 1600 grams (Macaws)

Food Chain and Habitat

  • Macaw species live in tropical climate especially the Amazon rainforest
  • Colorful feathers suited to rainforest vegetation
  • Sleep in holes in trees at night
  • Fly long distances during the day to forage for food
  • Eat nuts, seed, fruits, snails, and insects (omnivores)
  • Main predators are eagles, hawks, owls, large snakes, etc.

Adaptation

  • Beak used to climb trees and crush nut shells, fruits, and seeds
  • Claws used to climb trees: two toes in front, and two in the back
  • Long and pointed wings allow macaws to fly swiftly
  • Colorful feathers blend in with the tropical rainforest
  • Macaws eat clay to help balance their diet, because they can eat fruits that are poisonous to other organisms
  • Ability to eat those fruits gives them a wider food choice and a better chance for survival, since there is a lot of competition for food in the rainforest

Reasons for Endangerment and Critical Information

  • Habitat being rapidly cleared away
  • Macaws being captured illegally for bird trade
  • Captured for pets
  • People are working to protect endangered species like macaws and their habitats
  • Keeping track of the macaw population
  • Weighing baby macaws
  • Record the behavior of macaws to help build better protection and reserves for these endangered birds
  • "Unless we understand their wild biology," says expert Charles Munn," we may not be able to avoid the extinction of species after species of these spectacular New World parrots." (Nature)
  • Projects to help protect rainforest
  • Management for endangered bird reserves
  • Donate money now, because all the preserves and managements costs money
  • Protect the environment around you so that the habitats of all of Earth's animals will not disappear
  • We don't want our unique life forms to disappear forever