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There are around 17 different species of Macaws; we have some of the more common species here at the zoo. Among theme are the Blue and Gold Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw.
Most have been with us ten years or more. the oldest we know of was hatched here and is nearly 30 years old. Macaws are native to Central and South American rain forests, which unfortunately are disappearing rapidly. Macaws have gripping toes which that they use to latch onto branches, but also enables them to grab hold of something (fruits, nuts, etc.) and and examine it. They also have large, powerful beaks and their tongues have a bone inside them helps them get into into fruits.
The Scarlet Macaw is the most colorful as you can see in the video below.
Did You Know?
- In the wild, macaws gather in flocks of about 10-30 birds
- Macaws mate for life
- They can live up to 60 years
- The largest of the species has a wing span of 4ft
- Macaws can blush. The white patches on their faces can turn bright red when exposed to sunlight or when they get excited.