Top 10 Macaw Parrot SpeciesMacaws are New World parrots, native to Central America and North America (only Mexico), South America, and formerly the Caribbean.
Macaws are larger than parakeets. Macaws are also colorful, long-tailed and zygodactyl, having their 1st and 4th toes pointing backward.
Strange diet: clay eating (clay-lick) by macaws in the Amazon Basin
Clay eating is most probably related to neutralizing toxins. Macaws in certain regions in the wild eat foods that contain toxic or caustic substances which they are able to digest. Macaws in the Amazon Basin eat clay from exposed river banks most probably to neutralize these toxins - they consume clay on an almost daily basis. Clay-eating behavior by macaws is not seen outside the western Amazon region although macaws in other regions of the world also consume some toxic foods.
The Top Ten
(aka Blue-and-gold macaw)
Many macaw parrots mimic human speech but the blue-and-gold macaw learns phrases more easily than others.
It's the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species
It looks nice
It has a larger percentage of tail than the other large macaws - it is about 81 centimetres (32 in) long, of which more than half is the tail. It can live up to 75-90 years in captivity, although a more typical lifespan is 40 to 50 years. Conservation status: least concern
They can live in captivity for more than 60 years although they aren't much sought as a pet.
Spix's macaw aka the little blue macaw, is native to Brazil. It's among the smallest macaws. It's cute bird that is probably extinct in the wild, unfortunately. As of 2015 there were approximately 100 Spix's macaws in captivity.
It's one of the 3 largest macaws (also known as Buffon's Macaw or the Great Military Macaw, the latter not to be confused with Military Macaw).
(aka Red-and-green macaw). It's one of the 3 largest macaws (others being Hyacinth Macaw and Great Green Macaw)
(also known as the Caninde macaw or Wagler's macaw)
Their plumage is a beautiful combination of deep blue and gold yellow. They are Critically Endangered - recent estimates suggest that about 350-400 individuals remain in the wild (in Bolivia) and about 1000-1100 individuals in captivity (around the world).
They live in monogamous pairs but it is not known if these macaws will pair with another mate if their original mate dies.
The Red-fronted Macaw, also known as Lafresnaye's macaw, is a critically endangered species endemic to a semi-desert area in Bolivia. It is the only macaw to inhabit such a climate zone - with cold nights and hot days, and rain coming in infrequent heavy storms.
Their lifespan is remarkable - up to 80 years.
Critically endangered or extinct
I think this is a duplicate item - I already added Cuban Red Macaw
An extinct species