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Question:

May 27, 2020

Scarlet macaw


Can macaws handle direct sunlight in weather up to 108 outside


Answer:

Hi Lora,

I would not recommend having any bird or any type of pet in direct sunlight in that kind of heat. Bird breeders in hotter climates always have some type of covered area the birds can go to for shelter and many have misting systems set up. Nest boxes are removed in the hottest months because the adults and chicks can perish in the hot box. So my point is, in the shade, many parrots will become distressed in weather over 90 degreesF and some need to be misted with water in order to not overheat. In direct sunlight, heat stroke will set in and the bird would die.

Thank you fir asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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