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Macaw Totem Animal

Updated: Mar 11, 2019

Ever see a bunch of Macaws fly through the sky along the rainforest tropical shoreline or playing in the jungle treetops? It is one of the most beautiful sights on the Earth, and absolute delight!

Did you know that for me Macaw means freedom, the freedom to shine your colours bright and clearly. To be yourself and to see and be seen, exactly as you are. To be like nature and to thrive even though you are not Native to a certain county.

When you see the Macaw it could be a sign that your ancestors are seeing you, that they witness you, and are proud of you and of how you are walking in a good way. You are primed to birth new ideas and create and birth new projects.

“The Zunis see the macaw as a directional guardian, associated with the south, and some Pueblo tribes consider macaws a symbol of summertime and fertility”

“Brilliantly colored and impossible to miss when in flight, the Macaws are the largest sized members of the parrot family. Despite their beautiful plumage you can also recognize these birds, often before you even see them, by the shrill and very unique squawk sound they make.

Of the 17 species that reside in Central and South America, only two species—the Scarlet Macaw and the Great Green Macaw—call Costa Rica home. Although they are family, the chance to see them together is very rare as the slightly smaller Scarlet Macaw is commonly found on the Pacific coast with the Great Green Macaw preferring the Caribbean.

Macaws, known in Costa Rica as Lapas, have large pointy beaks that can expel a tremendous amount of pressure and their scaly boned tongue helps them get inside the tough nuts and seeds that are found throughout Costa Rica. They are considered social birds and will be often seen roosting and feeding in large flocks using their unique toe structures to navigate through the branches.

Although monogamous, changing partners on occasion has been recorded in the birds’ 80-year lifespan. A pair will lay at most a couple of eggs each season in ready made cavities in trees. The young have adult plumage and will fledge the nest within approximately 105 days of hatching”


One thing is for sure, you’re bound to see these magnificent and rare birds when you join us in the Pacific rainforest of Costa Rica this January!

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