Macaw

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Common Name:
Macaw
Scientific Name:
Ara chloropterus
Size: 45 cm
Weight: Up to 1.36 kg
Birds
Herbivores
Native to Central America and Caribbean
Native to South America
Rain Forest

Conservation Status

Least concern

Our macaws are housed in the aviaries, but also used in the “Birds of the World” displays during the spring and summer months. They are big, bright, intelligent birds which thrive on new tasks and challenges. They respond well to human interaction and prove easy to train for an accomplished keeper. They can be as wilful as a small child, though!

Macaws can live up to 60 years in the wild, but deforestation and capture for the pet trade will reduce their numbers. Up to four chicks can be raised each year with females incubating the eggs whilst the males supply food. Macaws pair for life but live within large flocks of up to 30 individuals.

In the zoo, the macaws’ diet comprises a mixture of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses, rice and pasta. In the wild, they’ve been seen eating clay on the river banks but no-one knows why!

 

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