Definition of macaw in English:

macaw

Pronunciation /məˈkô/ /məˈkɔ/

noun

  • A large long-tailed parrot with brightly colored plumage, native to Central and South America.

    Ara and related genera: family Psittacidae: several species

    • ‘Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.’
    • ‘Bird watchers are drawn from all over the world in search of species such as parrots, parakeets, hyacinth macaws, and wood storks.’
    • ‘Among the 16 birds taken were Amazon and African grey parrots and macaws, along with two kittens, one rabbit and a chinchilla.’
    • ‘Along waterways and ponds you're likely to see parrots and macaws, hawks and jabiru storks.’
    • ‘The survey also featured 2,273 rabbits, 1,757 hamsters, 482 parrots and macaws, 233 ferrets, 81 donkeys and 47 newts and salamanders.’
    • ‘‘One of the delights of Kapawi are the parrots and macaws, and the roar of distant howler monkeys,’ says one tour operator.’
    • ‘Like most species of parrot, great green macaws have suffered as a result of hunting and the pet trade, but their most serious problem is the loss of their habitat to agriculture.’
    • ‘Hundreds of macaws and parrots gather at the exposed riverbanks to feed on clay, which helps the birds digest their diet of nutritious seeds.’
    • ‘The world's rarest parrots, including most macaws, are at special risk.’
    • ‘Many parrots, macaws and cockatoos are also being driven close to extinction by international trade.’
    • ‘These include ostriches, macaws, toucans, flamingos, storks and cranes.’
    • ‘Here you stand a good chance of spotting such rare birds as the chestnut-fronted macaw and red-throated caracara.’
    • ‘Manchester is one of the prime areas for thefts of birds like macaws and parrots because a lot of people keep birds as a hobby.’
    • ‘Like all parrots, military macaws like to climb.’
    • ‘Across the street is a place where pretty petite men in sad, grey clothing sit amidst women so colorful they are a menagerie of flamingoes and toucans and macaws.’
    • ‘Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.’
    • ‘Chaco, Wupatki, and Aztec had imported the brightly plumed macaws.’
    • ‘Parrots could even tell the difference between film of macaws and budgies.’
    • ‘At this rate, in a few years we won't have any macaws left in the wild.’
    • ‘Biologist and macaw expert Charles Munn, who has studied macaws in Peru for many years, has shown that in scarlet macaws these facial markings are individualized, like fingerprints.’

Origin

Early 17th century from obsolete Portuguese macau, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

macaw

/məˈkô/ /məˈkɔ/