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Scarlet Macaw $1,500.00
(Ara Macao) 



   All the Scarlet Macaws in this web site are all my BABIES!!!!
 
   The Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao) is considered one of the most colorful and striking of the Macaw species. They are among the largest parrots at an average length of 32 to 38 inches. The Scarlet's tail is often as long as their bodies and large, strong beaks. Their coloring consists of a brilliant red with yellow coverts on the wings and dark blue flight feathers. Scarlet macaws are a favorite for Macaw enthusiasts because of their beauty and sweet personality. They are easy to train in the area of games and tricks and are natural hams with a tendency to be a little over-the-top at times. They also love to chew and take things apart, so toys and wood are a must inside the cage.

   Scarlet Macaws are not know for their talking ability and while some do learn to speak, most have only a limited ability to mimic. Anyone who owns a Scarlet will tell you that it is best to socialize your bird with every family member and even friends if possible. Introducing Scarlets to new environments in also necessary. You can accomplish this simply by changing out its cage every few years, adding new toys often to its current environment, visiting the veterinarian for wing and nails trimmings, etc. This will prevent the bird from being fearful of new people and places.

   With an average age of fifty years, the Scarlet Macaw is also known as red and yellow macaws or Ara macao, the birds have an extensive range throughout most of the Amazon basin of tropical South America. South American Scarlets' have green tips on yellow wing coverts. The largest and most striking Scarlets' are found in Nicaragua and have only recently been classified as a subspecies. These particular Scarlets' have little or no green on the wing.

   In the wild, the birds inhabit lowland tropical forest and woodlands, feeding on fruits, especially palm nut fruits, nuts and buds. They nest in cavities, especially in large soft wood trees. Usually, they fly in pairs or small family groups but sometimes in flocks of up to 25.

   All macaws need plenty of energy for good health. Many of their natural foods, especially palm nuts, are rich in oils and high in calories. Macaws should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded) diet supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Scarlets' require a high fat diet and do well with additional protein, especially at a very young age. A small amount of peanut butter or ground sunflower seeds may be added to increase protein and fat. Also, offer two to three nuts per day as treats. Small amounts of seed may also be given as treats – especially as rewards for good behavior. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds eating a formulated diet.

 

 


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