This species lives in flocks in South America’s tropical rainforests. Breeding pairs often stay together their whole lives. The ritual gestures that reinforce the strong bonds between two partners include grooming, ‘kissing’ and feeding each other. This bird consumes leaves, seeds as well as fruit and nuts.
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This parrot’s facial patch (called medial), which is decorated with feather lines, can change its colors due to strong emotions. The macaw’s beak is an excellent tool for cracking hard nut shells and for holding onto branches.
- Latin name: Ara ararauna
- IUCN Red List: L
- CITES, Appendix II