Idea #715 – Observing the red macaws of Honduras
The Red Macaw (Ara Macao) or Ara Macao, is a large, colorful parrot living in the American rainforests. The Red Macaw is the national bird of Honduras. The red macaw weighs one kilogram on average. It measures 84 to 86 centimeters in length, its rectrices feathers sharp representing nearly half. The plumage is mainly scarlet, but the feathers of the rump and the top of the tail are light blue, the upper side of the wings is yellow, the ends of the feathers of the tail and the upper part of both sides of the penises wings are dark blue and the undersides of the wings and the tail’s spines are dark red with golden metallic highlights.
Red macaws are extremely social birds that can only be found in groups, often around 20 individuals. The macaws move away from their group, in pairs, only during the breeding season. It happens that several groups of macaws gather on the same tree, without mixing. Cries have an important function for the cohesion of couples and groups in these very dense tropical forests. The differentiated sounds they emit have specific meanings for their congeners.
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