Biodiversity catalog

Scarlet Macaw
Ara macao
Scarlet Macaw

Species IUCN Status


Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, fisheries, sarstun

The scarlet macaw inhabits a range from southeastern Mexico to Amazonian Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia; it is the national bird of Honduras. This particular species of macaw is easily recognizable by its red, yellow, and blue coloring and exceptionally long tail feathers. Hunting for the illegal pet trade and habitat loss are serious threats to the survival of this bird, although it does not have an official designation on the IUCN red list because not enough data is yet available. In several countries where EcoLogic works the birds numbers in the wild are known to be diminishing rapidly, so we have indicated its designation as vulnerable. Its numbers are stabilizing in areas where there are active breeding and reintroduction programs such as in parts of Costa Rica.