ARARA-VERMELHA (AS KNOWN IN BRAZIL)
The Red-and-Green macaw is one of the most majestic and impressive birds found
in the tropical regions within Brazilian territory. Its name derives from its
predominant deep red plumage, with its face adorned by thin lines of red feathers,
and especially by the green in the middle part of its wings that continues to the
back with blue tips and a blue tail. It can reach up to 35,4 inches in length and
weigh up to 2,2 pounds.
It enjoys feeding on the fruits of the moriche palm and coconuts. It nests in small
cliffside caves or, in their absence, tree hollows. It lays 2 to 3 eggs. Known for its
loud and strident vocalizations, its calls resonate through the tropical forests as it
communicates with its group. These Macaws are social in nature and are often
seen in flocks, which can include several dozen individuals. They inhabit the
canopy of tall forests, gallery forests, fields with isolated trees, moriche palm
groves, and coconut groves.
The Red-and-Green Macaw can be found in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest along
coastal rivers bordered by forests in the eastern part of the country, originally
ranging as far as Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, and the countryside of Paraná.