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Macaws. By Adon Shapiro. Kinds of Macaws. Macaws are the largest bird in the parrot family. There are 17 different types of macaws. A few are the scarlet macaw (top right), the blue and yellow macaw (bottom right), and the hyacinth macaw. The scientific name for the macaw is PSITTACIDAE.

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Macaws

By Adon Shapiro


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Kinds of Macaws

Macaws are the largest bird in the parrot family. There are 17 different types of macaws. A few are the scarlet macaw (top right), the blue and yellow macaw (bottom right), and the hyacinth macaw. The scientific name for the macaw is PSITTACIDAE.


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What Macaws Eat

  • Macaws eat mostly nuts, fruits, berries, and clay (see Interesting Facts).


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Enemies

  • An adult macaw’s only enemies are humans because they cut down the macaw’s homes and keep them as pets. A baby macaw has many other enemies, like other birds and jaguars.


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Where They Live

  • Macaws mainly live in the rainforests of South America (top right) and Costa Rica (bottom right).

  • They live in the canopy and emergent layer of the rainforest.


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Breeding

  • Macaws have only two eggs at a time. Babies are called fledglings.


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Interesting Facts

  • 1. Macaws eat some poison berries and unripe fruit but don’t get sick because of the clay in Their digestive system.

  • 2.Macaws have four toes: two facing forward and two back to help them grip on to things.


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