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Military Macaws interesting facts

The large strong beak is grey-black and the iris is yellow. They are a very noisy bird making a variety of loud cracking and shrieking sounds, including a loud ‘kraa-aak’.

MACAW CHARACTERISTICS

The  Macaw is mostly green in colour with the head a slightly paler shade. It bears a red frontal patch, with a white bare facial area barred with narrow black lines.

The flight feathers are blue and the red tail bordered with blue. The large strong beak is grey-black and the iris is yellow.

They are a very noisy bird making a variety of loud cracking and shrieking sounds, including a loud ‘kraa-aak’.

The military subspecies is the smallest and the mexicana subspecies is the largest.

MACAW DIET

The Macaws diet consists of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and other vegetation found on treetops in the rainforests.

Macaws will leave their roosts in flocks around dawn and head to their feeding areas. They will Macaws will flock to feed on these clay deposits, which appear to detoxify the poisons found in the seeds and vegetation of the rest of their diet.

MACAW REPRODUCTION

The three subspecies of Macaw breed at different times. Breeding in the militaris species occurs from January to March. The mexicana species breeds from April to July and the boliviana species breeds in November and December.

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