Baby Scarlet Macaw
$1,800.00 – $3,600.00
COMMON NAME: Scarlet macaw
SCIENTIFIC NAME(S): Ara macao with two subspecies: Ara macao cyanoptera (Central America) and Ara macao macao (South America)
ADULT SIZE: 35 inches long, weighing 2 to 3 pounds
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 80 years or more, though 40 to 50 years is more typical
The scarlet’s striking plumage may be what initially draws your attention, but its personality keeps you enthralled. Scarlet macaws are intelligent birds with an abundance of energy and character.
Scarlet macaws that have been hand-raised or hand-trained can be very affectionate. They make great companions with a sweet disposition.
In the wild, scarlet macaws live in small flocks. If you keep this bird as a lone pet, you become its flockmate and can form a strong bond. To keep this bird as a tame housemate, you will need to be attentive and interact with it every day. If not properly trained and socialized, it can become aggressive and destructive.
Scarlet macaws are idiosyncratic birds that may become fixated on one person. To avoid this behavior, train them from an early age to socialize with every family member.
This bird’s impressively large beak is powerful. If provoked, it can bite. This bird may not be a great fit for families with children who are too young to understand bird warning signs or boundaries.
Scarlets, like all macaws, are noisy at times. They can learn how to talk, although its blue and gold macaw cousin is known to be the more prolific talker.
Speech and Vocalizations
Confident and friendly, scarlets are usually eager to learn tricks and develop a vocabulary of 5 to 10 words. Scarlets can get extremely loud which may make them a questionable choice for those living in apartments or condominiums. If you are sensitive to loud noises, you might want to think about getting another bird species.
Female, Male, Pair