Macaws are not a single species; instead, they are a group of genera within the family of Psittacidae, the true parrots. Macaws have large beaks, bright feathers, long tails, and light or white facial patches.
Macaws are big, sociable, and extraordinarily noisy. They also require a good deal of space to live healthy, active lives. Many macaws are included in wills and end of life plans since they often outlive their humans, though some common diseases and poor nutrition can drastically shorten these anticipated lifespans.