50 Facts You Need to Know About Macaw Parrot

Macaws are one of the favorite pets which people want to own. Their captivating plumage, acrobatic capers, avian charisma and sometimes inane personalities are unavoidable. They make incredibly wonderful fluffy companions. Keeping a macaw might not be quite easy as they require a lot of care and patience. Here are some 50 facts which you should know about macaws. It will help you in raising one as a pet.

1Macaws are the largest parrots among the 370 different species of parrots on earth.

2Macaws could weigh between 2 to 4 pounds or up to 2 kg.

3They are found in Central and South American forests. Theses days you can find a Macaw all around the world in houses as pets!

4They are diurnal which means they sleep during the night. And will wake you up with the first sun rays every single morning. As long as the room you keep your pet gets any sunlight. This can prove troublesome if you don’t organize well the your pet room.

5 This might come as a surprise.. They have brightly coloured plumes, often have colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

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6They have powerful beaks which can crack into seeds and hard nuts. Or your fingers if you are not careful, don’t go petting a macaw parrot that you don’t know or if the owner isn’t around. They can bite really, really hard. They might not bite your finger off, but you will go for a visit to hospital.

7Their tongues are scaly and dry which have a bone within to tap fruits

tongues of blue macaw

8The toes of macaws are zygodactyl which means they are designed to have perfect grip to latch on to the fruits they eat and hang on to the branches. They do look pretty goofy when they try to walk on a flat surface, not their thing. 

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9Macaws can fly up to 15 miles everyday just to look for food. It has been observed in the wild that Macaws has quite a large are of scouting. They go on long morning flights to search for food. 

10They take just one mate for their entire life time. The romantic tape. In captivity the owner of the bird often is thought of by the bird as the mate. They get attached to the owner and can be quite jealous.

11They also share their food with their mates.

12They groom each other too if separated from their mates 

13There are around 17 species of macaws and most of them are endangered.


14The red-fronted macaws, blue-throated macaws and hyacinth macaws are the most endangered species of the macaws.

15Outside captivity the beautiful glaucus macaw is supposed to be extinct already.

16The largest macaw is hyacinth macaw which measures about three and half feet from beak to the tip of its tail. Their wings spread up to 4.6 feet or 1.4 meters.

17The smallest macaws are known as mini macaws which grow just 12 inches but share the same traits of any macaw.

18They could live up to 80 years.

19Harlequin macaw, camelot macaw and catalina macaw could be bred to have hybrids.

20A red-fronted macaw can fly at the speed of about 40 miles per hour.

21A few macaws have strong beaks which could crack a coconut shell.

22No two macaws have same feather pattern on their face. It is somewhat like human finger prints.

23The macaws of the Amazon region in the west eat clay from river beds. The thought is that it neutralizes the toxins of some plants which are good for them but scientists say that they eat clay to get the Vitamin B in it.

24They are omnivorous and their diet is fruits, nuts, seeds, small mammals, reptiles, eggs and some vegetation which are considered poisonous.

25They are quite social and are mostly seen in flocks of atleast 30.

26They use loud calls like screaming and squawking to communicate amongst themselves.

27A female macaw usually lays around 2 to  4 eggs.

28The female normally sits on her eggs to incubate them while the male gathers food for both of them.

29An egg of a macaw will hatch in 25 days and will fledge in about 105 days and a baby macaw leaves their parents after a year.

30A baby macaw is born without feathers and has closed eyes.

31Macaws have black or grey eyes when they are young and later change to brownish and then yellow when they get old.
32The scarlet macaw is the national bird of Honduras

33Even though they are hunted and entrapped but macaws are also respected and appear on one of the Brazilian bank notes.

34They love to chew and can chew up a lot of stuff in your house.

35The promote growth of forests as they keep dropping seeds they eat.

36Foods like cherries, avocado, caffeine, uncooked meat, shellfish and chocolates are dangerous for them.

37Soft clean branches and wooden toys are their favourites which they love to much on.

38When kept in captivity they seek a lot of attention from their owners

39They can get aggressive and scream with loud screechy noises just to draw attention.

40Macaws perform wonderful tricks if taught and can speak and mimic words and sounds.


41Macaws are intelligent and have the brain of a 4-8 year old kid and can even remember to unlatch their cage.

42They are emotionally developed just like a 2 year old and always want attention.

43If bored they will amuse themselves by hurling things from inside their cage. For instance pellets or beans.

44They are dominating and will constantly push you and think they are in charge. They have to be reminded by you about you being in charge of the place and not him/her.

45They are allergic to fumes from non-stick cookware and from air fresheners.

46 will get sick if their cage is not cleaned constantly as the ammonia released from their droppings are bad for them to inhale.

47Deforestation, pesticides sprayed on banana plantations and smuggling have killed most of them.

48They love to keep their beaks busy and if they are not given something to chew they will pluck their feathers off.

49If you have other small pets at home like mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and other birds the macaws could be dangerous for them. They need to be supervised if you wish you make them friendly. Do not leave them alone till you are absolutely sure about their bond.

50They should be given fresh water everyday and they should be given regular baths to keep their plumage and skin glowing and healthy. Use lukewarm water to bathe them. Their beaks should be trimmed if deformed and overgrown. There are many beak grooming items available in pet stores which will help them keep their beaks in shape.

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