Scarlet Macaw

Mexico, Central, and South America
Rain forests, forests along rivers, and grasslands with trees
Fruit, nuts and seeds, flowers, leaves, stems of plants, insects, and snails
Up to 32 inches long, including their tail feathers
Chicks have no feathers and closed eyes when they hatch.
A macaw’s beak is so strong it can easily crush a whole Brazil nut—or a person’s knuckle!
Colorful Characters

Scarlet macaws are famous for their bright colors. Their red, yellow, green, and blue feathers seem bold and eye-catching to us but actually blend in well with the green leaves, red and yellow fruits, and bluish shadows of the rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season..


Macaws have large, powerful beaks designed to crush nuts and seeds. Their strong, flexible toes are used like hands to grasp nuts or a perch. Loud screeching, squawking voices help them make their presence known in dense rain forests.


Macaws are intelligent and curious birds that like to explore and keep busy. They spend a lot of time interacting with their flockA group of birds or mammals. For example: a flock of sheep; a flock of ducks. Macaws are known to use tools and play with interesting objects they find, moving them with their feet, testing them with their tongues, and tossing them around.