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Mystery Image Contest: July 8-22, 2013


Answer

This colorful bird is a Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), a species of parrot. The striking blue and yellow feathers of the macaw are one of the things that make this bird such a popular pet. But, did you know that the bold colors actually act as camouflage as they blend with the blue sky and bright sun? The Blue-and-yellow Macaw is also known for its intelligence, its ability to imitate sounds so that it appears to "talk," and its ability to bond with humans. These birds can live to be 50 years old. In the wild, these birds mate for life and usually raise just one chick out of two to three eggs. The dominant chick gets most of the food while the others perish in the nest. You may know that the Macaws' scream can be quite earsplitting to humans! In fact, screaming is a natural call for macaws. They do it to make contact with one another, to define territory, and even as part of their play.


Description

Macaws are native to South America, Central America, and Mexico. They eat nuts, seeds, and fruit.


Photo Credit

SXC (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/901259)


Winning Entry

Laura McShane
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland


For Educators

Teaching Support

The striking blue and yellow feathers of the macaw are one of the things that make this bird such a popular pet. But, did you know that the bold colors actually act as camouflage as they blend with the blue sky and bright sun? The Blue-and-yellow Macaw is also known for its intelligence, its ability to imitate sounds so that it appears to "talk," and its ability to bond with humans. These birds can live to be 50 years old. In the wild, these birds mate for life and usually raise just one chick out of two to three eggs. The dominant chick gets most of the food while the others perish in the nest.

You may know that the Macaws' scream can be quite earsplitting to humans! In fact, screaming is a natural call for macaws. They do it to make contact with one another, to define territory, and even as part of their play.

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