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This colorful species is probably one of the best known birds of the Amazonian rainforest. This species has a range extending from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico south to the equatorial countries of Ecuador and Peru. Scarlet Macaws are primarily colored red but have strips of yellow, dark blue, light blue, and green on their wings and tail feathers.
Their feet are zygodactylous, meaning that their two outer toes point backward and grip towards the opposite direction of their two forward pointing toes.
Scarlet Macaws primarily eat fruit, often un-ripe fruit that other animals avoid. They also eat nuts, seeds, and surprisingly clay from riverbanks. Why they do this is uncertain, but one theory states that minerals in the clay makes it possible for them to digest the poisonous substances contained in the un-ripe fruits that they eat.
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Red and Green Macaw
Blue and Gold Macaw