Language English Tropical Rainforest Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing features This large colourful parrot is predominantly red. The centre of the wing is yellow and the remiges (main wing feathers) and rectrices (main tail feathers) are blue. The rump and base of the tail are light blue, the face is white and the bill ivory and black. The tail is long and pointed. Reproduction Scarlet macaws birds nest high in trees, 7 to 25 metres above the ground, in natural cavities or holes left by woodpeckers. The female lays 2 to 4 eggs per clutch. Incubation lasts 28 days. The young stay with their parents for one year. Diet These birds eat the nuts and fruit they find in the forest canopy. Predators They have few enemies, but may be attacked by large raptors such as harpy eagles. They are often caught by humans to be sold as pets or for their feathers. Habitat They live in tropical rain forests from southern Mexico to northeastern Argentina. Ecology, behaviour These parrots fly in pairs or small family groups of 3 or 4 individuals. Scarlet macaws sometimes form flocks of 25 to 50 birds in communal roosts, in very tall trees or mangroves. French nameAra rouge Scientific nameAra macaoPhylumChordataClassBirdsOrderPsittaciformesFamilyPsittacidaeSizeLength: 84 to 89 cmWeight1075 to 1345 gLife spanIn the wild: 50 years; in captivity: 80 yearsStatusLeast concern (IUCN).