|Name: Scarlet Macaw|
|Scientific Name: Ara macao|
|Range: South Central Mexico To Bolivia and Central Brazil|
|Habitat: Forest area, lowland tropical Rain Forest up to 90m and mountains|
|Status: Many of the world's parrots are in danger of extinction largely because people have destroyed much of their habitat.|
|Diet in the wild: Plan fruits, figs, berries and nuts. During the breeding season also insects and their larvae.|
|Diet in the zoo: peanuts, but this is given only for a treat, seeds, and fruits such as orange, banana, coconut. Sometime they are given green pepper, and corn on the cob.|
|Location in the zoo: upper walkway just beyond Raptor Canyon|
|Appearance: Has a long red pointed tail, head, and shoulders, yellow and blue wings, and bright blue back.|
|Special anatomical, physiological or behavioral
The Scarlet Macaw have proportionately large hooked bills. Their hooked bills resemble those birds of prey. Yet their adaption to eating fruits and seeds is what they are used to. The Scarlet Macaws are wonderful flyers.
|Comments about the parrots of the Fort Worth Zoo:
The Scarlet Macaw at the Ft. Worth Zoo is 20 years old. They are on a basic artificial diet, and they go on a daily routine. The Scarlet Macaw are very intelligent birds.
The Macaw has feet with toes that are arranged with two in front and two behind. This type of foot is very helpful in manipulating food. The Macaw's wings at the zoo are clipped and therefore they cannot fly.
|Page author: Sandra Tatsani Phouthavong
Animal Information Index
|Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia vol. 7 & 8 Birds I and II|
|Ft. Worth Zoo|
|World Book M vol 13 1994 Edition|
|Scarlet Macaw at the Belize Zoo|
|Enchanted Learning: Scarlet Macaw|