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Macaws General Behavior, their Lifespan and Intelligence

(Last Updated On: 20/04/2017)

Macaws General Behavior

Macaws are very intelligent and beautiful birds and are found under the category of large parrots. They have vibrant colored feathers making them extremely gorgeous and attention grabbing. These birds are usually found in South America, Mexico and Central America. They come in various sizes but are usually large parrots. They are friendly towards people and can be great pets entertaining people with their beauty and enthusiasm.

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Physical Description of Macaw Parrots

The size of these birds can vary from 21 inches to 40 inches. These birds have great body shape with all have having a large head and a long, narrow, beautifully shaped tail that can stretch to more than 6 centimeters. They are born with a perfect mix of colors containing red, yellow, green and/or blue. Their beaks are usually black in color while some even have white. These beaks are sharp and strong and can be used for hunting and breaking nuts. People have always been amazed by their beauty.

Macaw Parrot Sub Breeds

Macaws have various breeds and each has its own beauty.

“Blue and Gold Macaw” is mostly seen in Africa and America and they have beautiful blue feathers with yellow patches on their neck.

“Green Wing Macaw” is the most popular of parrots. These birds have bright red color all over with green patches on their wings with a pale white beak.

“Hyacinth Macaw” has a deep blue beak with dark blue colored feathers all over their body.

“Scarlet Macaw” is mostly red with yellow upper wings and ends of the tail feathers being blue. This specie has the largest tail compared to others.

“Red Shouldered Macaw” is the smallest of all and is mostly green except for blue feathers on the head above the beak and red on the edges of wings.

Life Span

Being large parrots, these birds can survive in captivity and in the wild for around 30 to 50 years; their large size helps them to defend themselves easily. The life span can stretch up to 50 years depending on the kind of care they are given by their masters. If proper care is not administered then they may not survive that long.


They are highly intelligent birds and they can quickly learn what they are taught or trained. If they commonly sit in front of the television they quickly pick up words and speech while also learn songs with ease and constantly repeat them, displaying their intelligence. They know how to keep themselves clean and when to eat or drink; they would never stuff themselves with food and water unlike many other parrots.

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Natural Habitat

These birds love to live in the wild and their natural habitat consists of an open space where they can easily and freely fly and enjoy their time hunting for food and building nest for their off springs. The housing of captivated birds must resemble the natural wild so that they can live happily inside their cage.

Many pet owners make sure that the cage has large branches so that these birds can fly and sit in the highest point on the branch. This gives macaws the real feeling of living in their natural habitat.

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