Definition of macaw in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parrots could even tell the difference between film of macaws and budgies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this rate, in a few years we won't have any macaws left in the wild.’
    • ‘Chaco, Wupatki, and Aztec had imported the brightly plumed macaws.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the 16 birds taken were Amazon and African grey parrots and macaws, along with two kittens, one rabbit and a chinchilla.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.’
    • ‘The world's rarest parrots, including most macaws, are at special risk.’
    • ‘Hundreds of macaws and parrots gather at the exposed riverbanks to feed on clay, which helps the birds digest their diet of nutritious seeds.’
    • ‘‘One of the delights of Kapawi are the parrots and macaws, and the roar of distant howler monkeys,’ says one tour operator.’
    • ‘Like all parrots, military macaws like to climb.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many parrots, macaws and cockatoos are also being driven close to extinction by international trade.’


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