The scarlet macaw is a large, brightly coloured parrot from South America which feeds on fruit and nuts.
- Binomial name: Ara macao
- Conservations status: Least concern
- Global Home:
- Primary Habitat: Forest, Savanna
The scarlet macaw is one of the largest macaws. Only the hyacinth macaw is larger.
The Scarlet Macaw is known for its magnificent plumage that glows in bright colours. It is not only beautiful but it is also very noticeable. In its home, the rain forest, however, he just blends in with the green leaves and colourful fruits. Its favourite foods include not only fruits but also Brazil nuts, of which it breaks the hard shell easily with its beak. You can often see Scarlet Macaws how they lick clay on riverbanks. The clay renders toxins in unripe fruit harmless and for the macaw it works as a home remedy for stomach aches.