Red-bellied Macaw

If you like macaws the best, why not get one? And if what you like most about the birds you’ve had at home is that they are fantastic and spectacular, why not go for a bird as wonderful as the red-bellied macaw?

Where does this species live?

The red macaw is known by the scientific name of orthopsittaca manilata, and is the only member of the parrot family belonging to the genus orthopsittaca.

orthopsittaca manilata

It lives in South America, in tropical environments, extending from Colombia and Trinidad to Bolivia and Peru, and can also be found in central Brazil. It usually lives in swamps and palm forests, where it nests. It is a fairly common species, but in some areas the species has been destroyed.

Is it that great to look at?

It is a large species, since when it reaches adulthood it measures 46 cm and can weigh up to 370 grams. Like other specimens, it is not possible to determine the sex of the specimen unless a DNA test is performed.

The color of their feathers is green, with a burgundy red spot in the area of their belly, the reason for their name. His forehead and shoulders are dark blue, with a gray tinge in the chest area. The undersides of the wings, as well as the tail, are muted yellow. On his face he has a featherless part, where his beak meets his face, yellow in colour.

Younger specimens have a white lateral strip in the beak area, which disappears when they reach one year of age. It’s a characteristic they share with the Spix’s Macaw. This species emits high-pitched squeaks to be able to communicate with each other.

And how do you take care of him?

Although its population has been depleted in some parts of South America, it is still very widespread, so there are not as many problems to get a specimen as there are with the Macaw or the Noble Macaw.

At first, it is a rather shy animal that usually takes some confidence within a few weeks of living in its new home. It is not recommended that you live with other species of birds than your own, as their beaks are very strong and could damage other birds when you want to protect your territory. He’s quite intelligent and affectionate with his owner.

The cage has to be of a fairly large size, especially if you want to have two copies. However, it should be borne in mind that the best material for this has to be stainless steel, as other materials are really easy to gnaw on and could easily escape. Although you are used to high temperatures, it is not at all recommended that your cage is in a place where the sun shines directly on you, or you could suffocate to death.

Fruit, vegetables and seeds make up their daily diet. It is necessary to be very careful with giving him seeds rich in fat, because although they are an important part of his diet, they make him fat, and if he does not have a cage in which he can fly, or is going to be left loose at home, he would suffer from overweight.

The breeding of this species is not recommended for those breeders who have no previous experience in bird breeding. Not because it is complicated, but recreating the optimal conditions for reproduction could be quite difficult for a novice breeder.

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