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Scarlet Macaw in Corcovado, Costa Rica.
Photo by Felipe Lopez Feb 2006

Scarlet Macaw
The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is a large, colourful parrot, native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics, from extreme eastern Mexico locally to Amazonian Peru and Brazil, in lowlands up to 500 meters (at least formerly up to 1000m). It has been widely extirpated by habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade. Wild Scarlet Macaws eat mostly fruits and seeds, including large, hard seeds. Like most parrots, the Scarlet Macaw lays 2 to 4 white eggs in a tree cavity. The young hatch after 24 to 25 days. They fledge about 105 days later and leave their parents as late as a year. (From: Wikipedia, March 2006). See Lodge information and prices.