The magnificent Macaws are very intelligent and social, often flying in pairs or small flocks. They communicate via loud screeches and squawking noises, making their presence known throughout the dense forest canopy. Some species can even mimic human speech. They sleep high in deciduous trees at night, and in the morning, fly long distances in search of food. Macaws eat fruit, flowers, leaves, insects, snails, seeds, nuts and clay from river banks.
Macaws use their powerfully strong beaks to pinch predators and are able to flee at a remarkable speed. While their famously bright colored plumage may seem conspicuous, it actually helps them to blend in seamlessly with the equally vivid rainforest.
Macaws have few weaknesses. However, when it comes to predators, they can only fight back by pinching with their powerful beaks.
Best Animal to Adapt With
The Macaw is charismatic and intelligent but lacks strength and agility. The powerful Anaconda and the nimble Spider Monkey are perfect choices for adaptation..
Harpy eagles, jaguars, snakes, toucans, monkeys, and humans all prey on Macaws.
Increasing Their Survival Rate
There are 17 species of macaws, several of which are endangered, due to loss of habitat and their capture as pets. Scarlet, Hyacinth, Red-fronted and Blue-throated Macaws are seriously endangered, while it’s thought that both the Glaucus and Spix’s Macaws may already be extinct. To learn more about how to help, visit the World Wildlife Fund.
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In Mayan folklore, there is a myth of Vukub-Cakix, a giant Scarlet Macaw who disrespected the gods by claiming he was the god of the sun and the moon. The Mayans put much value on humility and honesty and believed that the gods punished those who were arrogant. Therefore, Hurakan, the god of weather, sent followers to punish Vukub-Cakix. They tricked him into removing his emerald teeth, which left him unable to eat and ashamed of his appearance. Vukub-Cakix then flew off into the constellation of Great Bear in great shame.