Scarlet macaw is one of the largest parrot species in the parrot clan. These birds are red, yellow, blue in colour and lives in Central and South America. They are a member of a large group of parrots called macaws. This bird is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. Its population extends from south-eastern Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia. Like other macaws, scarlet macaws are popular parrots in aviculture because of its striking plumage, and it is a national bird of the Honduras. This parrot is about 81cm long with it tail being more than half of it. This is typical with all macaws because their tails are extremely long and twice the size of many other parrot species. The bird weighs 2kg on average, the plumage is scarlet while the tail-covert feathers are light blue. The upper wing coverts are yellow and the upper sides of the flight feathers are blue.
This parrot can be confused with the slightly larger green wing macaw that has more distinct in the face and yellow on the wings. This bird has a bare white skin around the eyes and tiny white feathers on the face patch. The young ones have dark eyes and adults have light yellow eyes. These birds make loud, high throaty squawks, squeaks to call their groups. This parrot can live for 70-90 years and even more. Scarlet macaw communicate through raucous honks. Vocal communication is an important aspect to them that is why captive macaws can mimic human speech. They love to eat insects, bugs, flowers, nectar, larvae and snails. Bugs and snails are a great source of protein to them during breeding seasons. Scarlet macaws are monogamous.