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Illiger’s Macaws interesting facts

  • These birds enjoy palm groves, feeding almost exclusively on the palm nuts and nesting in holes in the palms. …
  • Macaws are monogamous, remaining bonded for life. …
  • In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks

Fun Facts

These birds enjoy palm groves, feeding almost exclusively on the palm nuts and nesting in holes in the palms. The palms normally grow in water, lending the macaws additional protection against predators.

Macaws are monogamous, remaining bonded for life.

In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks.”

Macaws are playful and inquisitive and are able to mimic human vocalizations very well.

Macaws are able to reach speeds of up to 56 kph (35 mph).


Ecology and Conservation

Bird collectors pay thousands of dollars per bird. Smugglers take the eggs or young birds and sell them to exotic pet stores. Recent observation has led some scientists to believe that macaws may already be extinct in Bolivia.


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