Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – M is for Macaw


I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G if for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis    J for Jackal   K for Killer Whale   L for Leopard

Since my oldest son is seriously in to birds, I thought it would be fun to do some additional research on the beautiful macaw as I really don’t know that much about them – except that they are really big, really loud and really beautiful. So, let’s see what else we can learn about them!


There are over 370 different types of parrots, and the Macaws are the largest of them all. Large macaws normally weigh between 2 and 4 pounds, which is fairly hefty for a bird — their bones are hollow in order to make them lighter, so that they can achieve flight. The largest of the macaws, the Hyacinth Macaw, can reach lengths of nearly 3 and a half feet long from the beak to the tip of the tail. In addition, they boast a wingspan of up to 60 inches, which is a whopping 5 feet!

  • They are members of the parrot family.
  • There are 17 species of macaw.
  • They have large powerful beaks that can easily break nuts.
  • They have dry, scaly tongues with a bone inside that help with eating fruits.
  • They sleep in trees at night.
  • Many different species are considered endangered.
  • Most are known to mimic people.

They are native to forests in Central and Southern America.

They often have flocks of 10 to 30 individual birds. They communicate with each other using loud vocal calls of squawking and screaming.

They often fly long distances to eat in the mornings. They are omnivorous meaning they eat both plants and meat. They mainly eat fruit, nuts, insects, and snails.

They have powerful claws that help grip branches and other items. They have four toes – two facing forward and two facing backward.

They average male grows to approximately three feet in length. Their average lifespan is 50 to 60 years.

They normally mate for life. They also share food and groomings with their mate.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter N and learn about the Nyala.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!



2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – M is for Macaw

  1. Lynn Leaming January 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply

    Such a beautiful creation of God, too bad they squawk and don’t sing 🙂 a 5 foot wing span? That is incredible! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Meg F January 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply

    They are beautiful birds…the colors are just gorgeous.


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