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Macaws of Costa Rica

Macaws of Costa Rica have breathtaking beauty; they are intelligent and very social animals with abundant personality. They eat seeds, fruits, leaves, flowers, and bark from various tree and plant species found in Costa Rica’s coastal woods.

Scarlet Macaw

Average Size: 85cm long
Average Weight: 900g
National Parks: Corcovado National Park, Carara National Park, Palo Verde National Park.

The magnificent Scarlet Macaw is a species of bird that is native to the tropical climate of Costa Rica. They prefer lowland wet forests and tropical evergreen forests. You can see these birds usually in couples, groups of 3 to 4, and bigger flocks on rare occasions. They may consume fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, and tiny invertebrates in addition to palms. Clay is also known to be eaten by Scarlet Macaws because it permits them to digest unripe and toxic fruits that would otherwise be lethal.

There were more pet Macaws in New York City than in the wild in Costa Rica. Since 2005, scattered Scarlet Macaw populations in Corcovado and Carara National Parks have grown into thriving flocks that span the Pacific Coast.

Many places along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the countries’ rainforests were formerly home to the Macaw. However, their number has been drastically reduced due to decades of deforestation and unregulated bird collection as pets.

Green Macaw 

Average Size: 90cm long
Average Weight: 1.3kg
National Parks: Maquenque National Park, Tortuguero National Park

Green Macaws are bigger than their red siblings, but their distinctive profile, hooked beak, long tail, and loud cry make them instantly identifiable.

For decades, these magnificent birds have relied on a single species of mountain almond trees (Dypterix panamensis) for most of their food and nesting places. Unfortunately, the wood of the mountain almond tree turned out to be suitable for construction, and the trees in Costa Rica have been practically wiped off.

They are commonly found in couples and groups of 3 to 4 but are not as sociable as the Scarlet Macaw. Almond trees provide almost all of their food, although they will grudgingly eat from other trees if necessary.

Costa Rica may be the finest spot in the world to observe the green macaw, and attempts are underway to plant mountain almond trees and construct Maquenque National Park in the north-central lowlands of Costa Rica, between the Sarapiqui and the Nicaraguan border at San Juan.

The great green macaw is still critically endangered but making a remarkable recovery.

Conservationists and the Costa Rican government collaborate to conserve and increase the Macaw species. The birds are raised in specialized facilities around the country. At the centers, the species can grow, lay eggs, and raise their offspring before returning to the tropical wilderness.

Costa Rica is experiencing a slow but steady return of macaws in its national parks due to the new rules.



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