Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly coloured members of the parrot family.
Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The colouring is suited to life in Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and colourful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.
Average life span in the wild: Up to 60 years
Size: 11.8 to 39.5 in (30 to 100 cm)
Weight: 4.5 oz to 3.75 lbs (129 to 1,695 g)
Group name: Flock
Did you know? The hyacinth macaw—the largest of all parrots—has an enormous wingspan of more than 4 ft (127 cm).
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