Macaws are found in large numbers in the rain forests of South America and Mexico. They are closely related to parrots. With beautifully colored feathers and long tails, they are known for their socializing skills. They have impressed humans for decades with their speaking skills. Life span varies according to different species.
These birds are aggressively monogamous and have strong familial bonds. They are known to guard and defend their babies fiercely. They are found to nest in hollow trees or in the sides of the cliff.
Harpy eagles are primary predators of macaw chicks and eggs. On the other hand, Hyacinth Macaw eggs are a delicacy for toucans. Purplish Jays, White-Eared Possums and Coatis are other predators which pose a serious threat to macaw eggs.
Toucans are known to swallow the eggs completely. They are also known to destroy the nests. Cameras fixed by the World Conservation Society have filmed Collared Forest Falcons eating Scarlet Macaws’ eggs. The only way to stop falcons stealing eggs is by obstructing their flights towards the macaws’ nest.
However, humans are the primary reasons for the large extinction of macaws at rapid rate. The widespread deforestation and destruction of rain forests have considerably reduced their habitation. With no place to nest and breed, their population has dwindled over time. Illegal hunting and trade has also caused a decrease in their population. Their plumage and meat is also a primary reason for illegal hunting. Many species are being bred in captivity these days to prevent complete extinction.
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