The red macaw is one of the few wild animal species to keep one partner for life. The hen lays her eggs in a tree cavity. Ninety days after emerging from their shells, the chicks fledge from the nest. In captivity, scarlet macaws make perfect high-energy pets for anyone with the energy to keep up. Pet owners describe the scarlet macaw as an energetic bird with a ton of personality. Scarlet macaws stand out anywhere because of their bright red, yellow, and sometimes blue plumage.
Below are a few fun facts about the brilliantly colored scarlet macaw.
- As the name suggests, the scarlet macaw is primarily scarlet colored, with a few splashes of yellow, blue, and sometimes green.
- In captivity, the scarlet macaw can live for up to 30 years.
- When kept as a pet, scarlet macaws need constant activity, a large enclosure, toys to play with, and, most importantly, chew on.
- The scarlet macaw feeds on insects, flowers, and seeds in the wild.
- Scarlet macaws often keep one mating partner for life.
- The scarlet macaw is the national bird of Honduras.