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Amazon Rainforest Macaw

Amazon Rainforest Macaw

amazon rainforest macaw

  • Macaw
  • Genus: Ara
  • 140 cm wingspan
  • Diurnal

The Amazon Rainforest macaw is the famed bird of the tropics. You can identify a macaw from other parrots by the lack of feathers on their face (a facial path, which is sometimes reduced to a yellow patch around the eyes and at the base of the beak).

They have a strong beak for cracking fruit and tackling difficult food items, and bright red, blue, green, or yellow feathers. Macaws are monogamous mate for life.

The hyacinth macaw is the largest species with a 140 cm wingspan. Sadly, macaws are intensely hunted for the pet trade, and this combined with habitat destruction severely threatens their existence.

Macay Clay Licks

Macaws aggregate in very large groups on clay licks (exposed areas of clay) in the Amazon where they are one of the main tourist attractions. The clay contains chemicals that neutralise toxins found in their food.

Best Places to See Wild Macaws

  • tambopata research center, puerto maldonado

    Seven Days:

    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This is the most remote Amazon tour from Puerto Maldonado & there are only a few others tours in the entire Amazon Rainforest that take you this far into the jungle. You will share the lodge with macaw researchers & will be shown the Amazon Rainforest’s largest macaw clay lick. View monkeys & other iconic Amazon wildlife on trail walks & enjoy activities like jungle mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding & more.

    Remote Location, Macaw Clay Lick
  • Heath River Lodge

    Five Days:

    Heath River Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Another remote Amazon tour, this is the only lodge on the Heath River, which runs through the middle of the Tambopata / Madidi protected areas. At the Heath River Lodge, you can view a nearby macaw clay lick & stand a chance of seeing Amazon tapir at the tapir hide.

    Clay Lick, Tapir Hide
  • tambopata research center, puerto maldonado

    Seven Days:

    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Parrot Lovers Program | 7D / 6N
    At this working macaw research center, you will gain a researcher’s eye view of Scarlet, Blue & Green-wing Macaws. Indulge your birding passion at one of the largest macaw clay licks, parakeet clay licks and canopy tower where you can spot some of the Tambopata’s 7 toucan species. Get exclusive looks at macaw nest boxes & listen in on macaw research seminars.

  • manu jungle lodge

    Five Days:

    Manu Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Manu National Park is considered the most pristine National Park in Peru. Manu Wildlife Center is favored for visiting Manu’s macaw, parrot, & mammal clay licks as well as touring the incredible Manu lakes searching for Giant River Otters. On Manu Wildlife Center tours, you will stand a 10% chance of seeing rare jaguar making this a good choice to observe the icons of the Amazon wilderness.

    Macaw Clay Lick, Tapir Lick

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