Scarlet Macaw

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Scarlet Macaw

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Character Data
Japanese Name: コンゴウインコ
Romanised Name: Kongō Inko
First Featured in: Kemono Friends Pavilion
Scarlet Macaw's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Ara macao
Distribution: Central/South America
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 40-50 years
Read More: Scarlet Macaw
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Scarlet Macaw Pavilion

Scarlet Macaw is a type of Friend that appeared in Kemono Friends Pavilion.

Appearance

Macaw has red, short hair that lacks sharp curves, giving the end of it a resemblance to feathers. The middle part of it, close to the eyebrows, has a white band and a bang in the middle that is black and white, which represents the scarlet macaw's beak.

She has yellow irises, and a slightly darker skin tone than most Friends. She wears a white neckerchief with red stripes, which likely represents the red "bands" that can be seen around the eyes of a macaw. The scarf is tied with a golden woggle, or neckerchief slide.

She has a blue dress shirt with two breast pockets. Its most notable feature is that it fades into green and yellow at the sleeves, which also have a feathery pattern sewed into them - this mimics the macaw's colorful feathers. She wears a long-sleeved shirt with red sleeves underneath.

She wears a red skirt with red leggings. The skirt in itself seems frilled, making it bear a slight resemblance to feathers, and is fastened with a black belt with a golden buckle, which has the Kemono Friends emblem printed on it. Finally, she has gray shoes, mimicking the gray feet of the scarlet macaw.

Like all other Friends, she possesses the traits of her respective animal alongside her humanoid body. Since she's a bird, she has the colorful wings of the scarlet macaw on her head, as well as a long tail.

In Real Life

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The Scarlet Macaw is a large bird native to central America and South America. They live in cavities and holes in trees left behind by large woodpeckers. Their feathers are red at the body and head and blue at the tips of their wings. A few yellow feathers form a border between the red and blue. Their faces and the top of the upper mandible are white while the lower mandible is black. They're around 80-90 centimeters in length from head to the end of the tail and weigh around one kilogram. Their beak is short and strong enough to easily crack open nuts and seeds. Their diet consists of a wide various of seeds, nuts, flowers, leaves, nectar and fruits. They even eat plants which are highly toxic to other animals; it is assumed they counter the toxicity with soil ingested at clay licks.

Macaws are highly social and intelligent birds which mate for life. They're usually in pairs or small families which can join with others into flocks of up to 50 birds, often together with other macaw or parrot species. Their breeding season varies depending on location, but is usually between October and April. During that time, they lay around one to four eggs which hatch after little under a month. The young will leave the nest after another 14 weeks and stay with their parents until the next breeding season starts. Sometimes they will stay for longer and their parents will skip the next breeding season; the young are reach sexual maturity with around four years of age.

Scarlet Macaws are threatened by habitat loss. Even though the species is protected by law in all countries in its range, illegal poaching for food and their beautiful feathers is widespread. They're also often illegally captured due to their popularity as a pet. Their population is slowly decreasing in the wild but they're still rather common as pets, so they're listed as least concern.

Macaws make excellent pets and companions if properly cared for. They require a wide variety of nuts, seeds, flowers, leaves and other fresh greens for their diet. They're very playful birds and require a lot of toys, swings and space. They need at least two hours of out-of-cage time and aren't suitable for anyone who doesn't have enough time for a highly social and intelligent pet. While they can imitate speech, they're very loud and may disturb neighbors and infants. They are known to self-mutilate and pluck their own feathers if they're in a confined space or highly unsatisfied. Macaws can become "one person birds" if not properly trained, meaning they will only be loyal and trusting with one person and will become nervous and aggressive towards other humans up to the point where they will attack and bite them, especially when they're jealous of others interacting with their favorite person or wrongfully sensing danger. In captivity they can reach ages of up to 80 years so it can become even more of a problem should they outlive their trusted person.

Trivia

  • Scarlet Macaw was previously only known as "Macaw" at the time of her design reveal; her species was confirmed on 4th April 2018, when she debuted in Pavilion.
  • On that same day, her design was changed from that of her reveal; the yellow section on her wing was changed so that it was now wider than the green.

References

Bird Friends
Auks
Atlantic PuffinGreat AukTufted Puffin
Birds-of-Paradise
Greater Bird-Of-ParadiseGreater LophorinaWestern Parotia
Birds of Prey Guadalupe CaracaraKing VultureLappet-Faced VultureNorthern GoshawkPeregrine FalconSecretarybirdStriated Caracara
Eagles Bald EagleGolden EagleHarpy EagleMartial Eagle
Owls Barn OwlEurasian Eagle-OwlForest OwletKyushu OwlNorthern White-Faced OwlSpectacled Owl
Columbids
DodoPassenger PigeonRock Dove
Gruiformes
Grey Crowned CraneOkinawa RailRed-Crowned CraneWhite-Naped Crane
Gulls
Black-Tailed GullCommon GullRoss's Gull
Pelecaniformes Great White PelicanPink-Backed PelicanShoebill
Ibises Black-Headed IbisCrested IbisScarlet Ibis
Penguins
Adélie PenguinAfrican PenguinChinstrap PenguinEmperor PenguinGentoo PenguinHumboldt PenguinKing PenguinNew Zealand Giant PenguinRoyal PenguinSouthern Rockhopper Penguin
Phasianids
ChickenChukar PartridgeGreen PheasantIndian PeafowlRed JunglefowlWhite Peafowl
Piciformes
Acorn WoodpeckerCampo FlickerGreater Honeyguide
Ratites
Common OstrichEmuGreater RheaNorth Island Giant MoaSouthern Brown KiwiSouthern Cassowary
Waterfowl
Black SwanEastern Spot-Billed DuckEgyptian GooseTundra Swan
Miscellaneous Birds
Arctic TernAustralian BrushturkeyCommon CuckooGastornisGoldcrestGreat CormorantGreater FlamingoGreater RoadrunnerJapanese Bush WarblerJapanese CormorantJungle CrowLong-Tailed TitMarvellous SpatuletailMasked BoobyMedium Tree FinchOriental StorkResplendent QuetzalRock PtarmiganScarlet MacawSuperb LyrebirdSuzakuWhite StorkYatagarasu