Close up of the vibrant and beautiful parrot feather of the macaw. Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.
Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The coloring is suited to life in
Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and
colorful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks
that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have
a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into
They mate for life and some live longer then humans. They are very intelligent. Their bright plumage has made them desirable as pets but also for hunting by those wanting to use their feathers for hats and costumes. Now an endangered species. There are 17 different kinds of macaws.