Scarlet Macaw Ara macao

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Scarlet Macaws has a deep and loud harsh calls, rrrraaah that can carry couple of kilometers, quieter at rest or feeding with soft raah calls.  It can call a series of 3 to 9 continuous rrrraaah for few seconds with brief pauses in between each call.  When perching or flying in pairs or large flocks (20 or more birds) their calls could be very loud.  When feeding they have a soft continuous series of soft raah calls.  

Nonvocal Sounds

Only a soft sound with wing feathers when taking off, in flight or perching. Not other know.

Recommended Citation

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: