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Transcript of Macaw Parrots
Most macaws live in South and Central America. However, at least two species—scarlet macaws and military macaws—can be found in Mexico as well. Most macaws live in tropical rainforests, where they make nests in holes in trees, but some live in other habitats.
Where do most Macaws live?
Blue and gold macaws typically experience predation when they're busy flying. Fellow birds are a major culprit behind this. Some notable birds that go after flying blue and gold macaws are orange-breasted falcons, hawk eagles, and harp eagles.
What are Macaws predator?
Macaws are herbivores. They eat primarily seeds, nuts, and fruit. Using their impressive beaks, they have no problem opening even the toughest seed. First they scratch a thin line with their beak’s sharp point, and then they shear the seed open. But inside some of those seeds are poisonous chemicals. How can macaws eat the seeds without getting sick or dying? They visit clay licks—the rainforest’s natural “drugstores.” Throughout the mornings, hundreds of macaws will stop by to lick and nibble at the clay. Scientists and other macaw experts believe that chemicals in the clay neutralize the toxins in the seeds. In this way, the macaws keep themselves healthy.
What do Macaws eat?
What makes a Macaw?
Macaws are king-sized members of the parrot family and have typical parrot features. Their large, strong, curved beaks are designed to crush nuts and seeds. Their strong, agile toes are used like hands to grasp things. Loud, screeching and squawking voices help make their presence known in dense rain forests. They are also famous for their bright colors, which seem bold and conspicuous to us but actually blend in well with the green leaves, red and yellow fruits, and bluish shadows of the forest homes.
A seed mix should be supplemented with greens, fruits, berries and nuts to best simulate the macaw's natural diet. Veterinarians recommend a pelleted diet as three-quarters of a macaw's food to ensure he's getting proper nutrition. Nuts for your bird to crack with his beak can be as much entertainment for your bird as nutrition. Macaws may drink significantly more in hot weather but can also pull needed hydration out of fruits and veggies. Cooked meats such as chicken and fish, eggs and small bits of cheese are enjoyed as treats.
A Macaws Noise
You will hear a macaw before you see it. The loud, screeching calls of the macaw aren't just for his own entertainment but serve the purpose of connecting with his flock in the wild and marking out his territory. These natural screeches are most frequent in the early morning and before sunset, but a macaw owner -- and the neighbors -- should be prepared for macaw calls throughout the day. When not sending out traditional dawn and dusk signals, macaws are chatting, preening, eating or trying to get a companion's attention. Macaws also mimic sounds in their environment -- if you have a noisy house, the macaw will mirror this -- and will practice new words and phrases until perfect.
Ranges from 30-50 years and over. Mini macaws have a life span at the lower end of this range, while a healthy large macaw can be expected to live 50 years or more with good nutrition and care
A Macaws Life span
Ruby Macaws are exceedingly striking in coloration, and rank right up there among the most colorful of the Macaws. They are a full size Macaw and can learn to talk with a general vocabulary of about 15 or more words or expressions. A Ruby Macaw needs good socialization and a firm consistent hand in training, especially it matures.
They require a set-up that allows them to chew as much as they want, toys to keep them busy, an area that is easily cleaned and maintained. Not a bird for most households, but a source of great pleasure, wonderful companionship (and, admittedly, the occasional heartache over destroyed furnishings) - for the right owner. If their needs are not met, they are likely to develop behavioral problems, such as excessive screaming or biting, feather plucking
What they need as a pet