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Costa Rica Picture of the Day – The Famous Scarlet Macaws

Costa Rica Picture of the Day  – Each day the Costa Rican Times will be including a picture from around Costa Rica to see the natural beauty and amazing things that we get to see each day in the land of the Pura Vida.

When people think birds in Costa Rica the first one to normally cross their mind is the Scarlet Macaw.

The Scarlet Macaws are found in the treetop rainforests throughout Costa Rica. They can be spotted by listening for their infamous “Mecaw, Mecaw” howling out from the air above. The Macaws are many times flying accompanied by another, their partner; the birds are romantics and usually mate for life.

But when you here there Mecaw be sure to keep an eye out, they are fast.

With a wide strong wingspan the birds can reach top speeds of 56 kilometer per hour. The scarlet macaw has an atheltic, curved beak to crack hard nuts and seeds, and a tongue that can hold onto the kernel to pull it from the shell.

Scarlet Macaws indulge in mostly fruits, nuts and seeds.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Pinheiro Fotografia

Article by Michael Eggleston, Costa Rica

 

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