Scarlet macaw

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Scarlet macaw
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Scarlet macaw (Ara macao)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Psittacinae
Binomial name
Ara macao
Linnaeus, 1758
Distribution Ara macao.svg
     Range of the scarlet macaw

The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a type of parrot. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South America.

Its range is from south-eastern Mexico to Amazonian Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil in lowlands up to 500 m (1,640 ft) (at least formerly) up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft). It has suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade, but locally it remains fairly common. It is the national bird of Honduras.

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