Scarlet Macaw
(Ara macao) 

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These chicks are 8-9 weeks of age.


approx. size: 33 inches/85cm native to: Central & South America available season: summer-fall
min. cage size: 36" x 30" x 72" talking ability: very good price: $1500.00

The Scarlet Macaw is extremely intelligent and can be a very talented talker. This species has a strong personality and should be given a lot of attention and freedom. One should provide a large cage plus a stand or play area where a large macaw can exercise. This species has a loud voice and can be quite vocal at times. Macaws are quite social and can be very friendly with a number of people if socialized well at a young age.

baby in the nursery 7/'05

Large macaw species need a varied diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and also nuts, such as Brazil, macadamias, pecans, almonds, etc. Hot peppers of any color are aften enjoyed by macaws. Berries and sweet fruits such as papaya, mango, melons, citrus, berries, grapes, bananas, figs, cranberries, pomegranates, cactus fruits, persimmons, etc are relished by most macaws. Dark leafy greens and cooked root vegetables such as beet root, sweet potatoes, turnips, yams, and carrots are highly recommended.

Apples and corn on the cob can be fed as treats, as well as an occasional small amount
of well-cooked egg or a small piece of cheese. In general, a lot of animal protein, especially milk and milk-derived products, are not recommended to be fed in more than a small quantity as on occasionable treat (not daily). See these pages for more information on diet:
psittacine diet recommendations - phytonutrients

Book recommendations on macaws from

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