Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

The Scarlet Macaw is a pretty uncommon sight in Costa Rica. It is a huge bird, and loud when calling other birds. I took these pictures of the Macaw in Rio Cuarto, on May 20th, 2017 during a Photography Workshop with To The Wonder. Alvaro Cubero, our wildlife photography guide explained that Green and Scarlet Macaws do not hybridize in the wild, however in this refuge, a pair of Macaws have been interbreeding in the last few years, resulting in hybrids being born.

Scarlet Macaw Hybrid - Ara macao - Lapa Roja, Lapa Colorada, Guacamayo Rojo, Híbrida (2)

In-flight picture of the Hybrid, showing the red belly, yellow underside of the wing, and the orangish color of the tail underside when seen against sunlight

Scarlet Macaw Hybrid - Ara macao - Lapa Roja, Lapa Colorada, Guacamayo Rojo, Híbrida (1)

In-flight picture of the Hybrid, showing the red tail upperside, blue and yellow wings, and red face

Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao - Lapa Roja, Lapa Colorada, Guacamayo Rojo

The plumage of this bird is so vivid in coloration. Observe the huge feet and claws of this parrot.

2 thoughts on “Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

  1. Pingback: Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis) | The Nature Admirer

  2. Pingback: Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) | The Nature Admirer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s