1. Macaws are the largest type of parrot
There are around 376 species of parrot throughout the world, and macaws are the biggest of all of them. The largest species, the Hyacinth macaw – which can often be spotted on tours of Brazil’s Pantanal – can span up to 3.5 feet in length, including a huge wingspan of around 4 to 5 feet. The largest macaws weigh between 2 and 4 pounds and they have especially light bones which aid their flight.
2. Habitat of choice is the tropical rainforest
Macaws are native to South and Central America, found anywhere between Southern Mexico and Northern Argentina. They prefer rainforests, but can also be found in other types of forests as well as woodland and savannah-like habitats. Types of macaws that are particularly common to the Amazon include the blue and yellow macaws, the scarlet macaw and the red and green macaws, along with numerous others.