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Matilda Cruz
Matilda double majored in zoology and animal behavior at the University of Hawaii. She’s been an animal lover from a young age and knew she wanted to study them even more for her career. She’s always looking for ways to spread her animal knowledge.

Today’s animal is the macaw. While recognizable to most, the macaw is a bird or a long-tailed new world parrot.

  • There are six different macaw species.
  • Macaws make their homes in forests, savannahs, and lowlands.
  • However, macaws prefer the more tropical regions as you get closer to the equator and South & Central America.
  • Some macaw species who lived on only one island have gone extinct.
  • The hyacinth, Buffon, and green-winged species are the largest macaws.
  • At about the size of a parakeet, the smallest macaw species is the red-shouldered macaw.
  • Macaws are vegetarians that eat flowers, leaves, nuts, seeds, and stems.
  • The larger macaw species can have 60 square miles of area to cover in a day to find food.
  • Although more research is needed, macaws eat clay because of the salt. The clay banks are parrot salt licks.
  • Close observations revealed some macaws feed clay to their chicks.
  • Some parts of the Amazon River’s banks contain clay where you can see hundreds of macaws and other parrots eating the clay right out of the bank.
  • Macaw feathers were used by the Ancient Incas and others for ceremonial dress in hats.
  • Like most parrots, macaws can be pets, but they must have regular attention to thrive.
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