Scarlet macaw

Scarlet macaws are extremely social birds and are rarely alone in the wild. They live in family groups or in pairs, and they form lifelong monogamous bonds with their mates.

Fast Facts

  • Scarlet macaws are one of the largest macaw species.
  • Nuts, leaves, berries and seeds from the rainforest make up the bulk of the scarlet macaw’s diet.
  • Scarlet macaws eat large amounts of clay, which is thought to help neutralize plant poison from the vegetation they consume.

Scientific name

Ara macao
Range  Central and South America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Spanky
Zoo location Education building 

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