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The Macaw of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, November 21, 2016

The Macaw of Timbavati Wildlife Park is this week’s topic animal discussion. These omnivorous birds have a lifespan of up to 60 years. With lengths reaching up to 86cm and weigh 2-3 lbs they are known to be some of the larger members in their family. Macaws can be found in Central and South American rain forests.

Macaw Features

Macaws are known for being brightly colored. They have long tails and their toes or “gripping toes” are used for grabbing, latching and holding items they examine. Using their very strong beaks they can easily crack open nuts and seeds. Another interesting feature macaws have are their dry scaly tongues. Within these tongues a bone can be found with which they will use as tools to tap into fruits.

The macaws are intelligent birds and will gather in flocks of 10 to 30 individuals. If you listen carefully you can hear their squawks and screams. This is how they identify, communicate and even mark their territory. Macaw birds are known to be a social bird. As you may or may not know some species of macaw are even able to mimic human speech!

During night times flocks of macaw can be found sleeping high in tree tops and come morning they set out to find a good meal. Macaws will eat foods like fruits, snails, nuts, insects and seeds. Because their diet is heavy in fruit sometimes they will consume damp soil to tame the chemicals in their stomachs.

When you visit Timbavati Wildlife Park stop over and say hello to our beautiful macaws…and who knows perhaps you’ll get a “hello” right back!

 

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