The macaws are seen as as a pet to Nigel and a friend to the hurt Microraptor. The macaw featured on the show is the blue and yellow macaw (Ara Ararauna). Macaws primarily eat nuts, seeds and fruits. Occasionally they consume clay at riverbeds, in order to filter out toxins obtained from any unripe nuts they have consumed. These birds can reach 76 to 86 cm (30 to 34 in) long and weigh 900 to 1500 grams (1.9 to 3.3 lbs), making it one of the larger members of its family. Macaws in the wild can be very aggressive, but as babies they can be very playful. Macaws are among the many birds that mate for life. Even though they are listed as a species of least concern, Blue and Yellow Macaws are on the verge of extinction in Paraguay, due to habitat loss, and smuggling.