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Macaws

Macaws
Body Length

30–100 cm, depending on species

Body Weight

0.13-1.70 kg, depending on species

Distribution
Forests and woodlands in Central and South America
Fun Facts

Fun Facts

  • Macaws are social birds. They form flocks with 10 to 30 members and communicate through vocalisation.

  • Macaws are usually monogamous, staying as couples until one of a pair dies. Their bonding is strengthened through sharing food and preening feathers. The females are responsible for incubating eggs, while the males have to bring food back for their partners during this period.

Threats & Conservation

IUCN Red List: In 18 extant species of macaws, 4 species are Critically Endangered, 2 species are Endangered, 3 species are Vulnerable, 1 species is Near Threatened and 8 species are Least Concern.
IUCN Red List: In 18 extant species of macaws, 4 species are Critically Endangered, 2 species are Endangered, 3 species are Vulnerable, 1 species is Near Threatened and 8 species are Least Concern.
CITES: 11 species are listed in Appendix I and the other 6 are in Appendix II.
CITES: 11 species are listed in Appendix I and the other 6 are in Appendix II.

Forests are continuously being destroyed by logging, mining and road construction. They are also cleared for agriculture and cattle ranching. In many parts of the macaws’ range, the rate of deforestation is high. These birds have not only been eradicated from their homes, but are also captured for their brilliant colours. Wild macaws are popular targets for poachers, who trade them locally or internationally as exotic pets. The massive illegal trade has caused declines in many species. During 18th to 19th century, 5 macaw species were driven to extinction by over-hunting.

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