Macaws are members of the parrot family. They are highly intelligent and curious birds. Macaws are social birds that spend quite a bit of time in family groups. Sadly, macaws are also endangered.
Macaws are known for their vibrant plumage, strong curved beaks and loud, squawking voices. Macaws also have agile toes that they use like hands for grasping.
The range of the macaw includes Mexico as well as Central and South America. Macaws are found in grasslands, in forests along rivers and in rainforests.
The hyacinth macaw is the largest, weighing approximately 3 to 3.7 pounds. The hyacinth has a wingspan of more than four feet. The red-shouldered macaw is the smallest of these birds, weighing between 4.5 and 5.9 ounces.
Macaws eat a variety of fruits as well as nuts, seeds, flowers and leaves. They also consume insects and snails.
Macaws usually mate for life and the lifespan of a macaw is approximately 50 to 60 years in the wild.
According to PetParrot101.com, macaws are on the brink of extinction. The only species of macaw that isn't endangered is the blue and gold macaw. The macaw population has declined due to several factors, including habitat destruction and trapping for the pet trade.