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This New Parrot Species Sounds Like a Hawk
A new study says the bright, noisy bird have escaped notice in Mexico's Yucatán forests—but parrot experts are sceptical.
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In a First, Bird Uses Tools to Make Sweet Music
The palm cockatoo is the only species aside from humans that can drum a rhythmic beat with its own homemade objects, a new study says.
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The Surprising Link Between Egg Shape and Bird Flight
For the first time, scientists have taken a closer look at how bird eggs are shaped—and made some unexpected discoveries.
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Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilised in Amber
The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind.
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Ravens Hold Grudges Against Cheaters
The canny corvids remember people who give them unfair deals, scientists have discovered.
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Watch: Giant Wasp vs. Giant Spider Battle Ends With a Twist
Video taken in Sydney, Australia, shows a large spider wasp carrying a Huntsman spider to its death—until a surprise visitor drops in.
About Macaw

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.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Omnivore

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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