Macaw | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Macaw

Ara sp.


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

There are around 20 species of Macaw, all of which are listed on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Destruction of native habitat and the growing pet trade are having a considerable impact on the survival of the Macaw in the wild, with five species already extinct in its natural environment.

Native Range →

Northern areas of South America

Natural Habitat  →

Savanna and rainforest

Diet  →

Herbivorous: leaves, flowers and plants

Life Expectancy  →

In the wild: around 50 years. In a zoo: up to 80 years

Breeding  →

2-3 eggs. Incubation period around 25-29 days

Group Name  →

Flock

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, illegal pet trade

Fun fact

When properly taken care of, some macaw species, such as Blue and Gold Macaws can live for an average of 60 years, and many have been recorded to live for up to 80 years!

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