Araracanga

The Araracanga (Ara macao) is the Scarlet Macaw, a large colorful macaw. It is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics. Range extends from extreme south-eastern Mexico to Amazonian Brazil in lowlands up to 500 m up to 1,000 m. It has suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade, but locally it remains fairly common. It is about 81 centimetres long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws, though the Araracanga has a larger percentage of tail than the other large Macaws. The average weight is about 1 kilogram. The Araracanga can live up to 40 years. Araracangas eat mostly fruits, nuts and seeds, including large, hard seeds. A typical sighting is of a single bird or a pair flying above the forest canopy, though in some areas flocks can be seen. They may gather at clay licks. They like nuts and fruits. They also feed on nectar and buds.