scientific name:Ara macao
length: 13.5 inches
quantity: 2 wings
Northern South America and parts of Central America
*macaws are the largest parrots in the world. the body of the scarlet macaw from beak to tail can be as long as 33 inches. This beautiful macaw has a creamy white, almost featherless face, with bright red plumage covering most of its body, wings and long tail. Brilliant blue and yellow feathers also adorn the lower wings. the bird's strong beak is adapted to breaking hard nuts found in the rainforest.
the scarlet macaw is at threat due to habitat loss from rainforest destruction and heavy exploitation for pet trading. in Costa Rica, these birds, which are frequently stolen from their nests, can be sold on the black market for $200. in the United States, baby birds smuggled into the country can be sold for as much as $4,000. because tourists bring in almost $14,000 a year to see birds like the scarlet macaw in the wild, biologists hope that local governments will devote more attention to the protection of these magnificent birds.
rodents, fish, & reptiles
98% fish, 2% rodents, rabbits, and other birds
the osprey is so well adapted to eating fish that it has closable nostrils to keep water out while diving for fish, and special barbed talons to hold their catch.