People have always been fascinated by parrots. Macaws are the largest parrots in the world. They’re beautiful birds, with brilliantly colored feathers. Sadly, these colorful, intelligent creatures are in trouble. Some species of Macaws are extinct already, and many more are endangered, which means they could become extinct. The greatest problems threatening the Macaw population have been the rapid rate of deforestation and the illegal capture of these exotic birds to be sold as pets around the world. Only about one million Macaws are still living in the wild. That may seem like a large number, but in reality, that is critically low.