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scarlet macaw
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Scarlet Macaw

With their bright red, yellow, and blue feathers, scarlet macaws are one of the world's most recognizable parrots. Their loud squawks aren't quite a pleasant sound, but seeing them in the wild brings a thrill.

Unfortunately, because so many have been caught for the pet trade and so much of their habitat has been destroyed, their range and population have been greatly reduced. They now can be found as far north as southern Mexico, in Central America, and in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

See a scarlet macaw in Amazonia.

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