Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~87.5 cm (34.4 in). The Scarlet Macaw is all scarlet with a broad yellow band on the wing. The bill is bicolored (pale culmen and black mandible). It has poorly defined red lines on the bare skin on the sides of the head. The flight feathers are blue. It is one of the four unmistakable large macaws.

Status: The Scarlet Macaw is widespread and rare to uncommon in Amazonia. It generally ranges at elevations below 850 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Guacamayo Escarlata.

Sub-species: Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao macao), (Linnaeus), 1758.

Meaning of Name: Ara: Tupi Brazilian Indian, name to designate several parrot species. macao: Portuguese/Brazilian name for the araracanga.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.