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For the bird found in the Arc, see Cocoa Macaw.

The macaw is a level 41 Summoning familiar. It is summoned by using a Macaw pouch, which will grant 0.8 Summoning experience. Apart from having remote view, which lets the player see from its eyes when it flies into the air, it can also improve herb drops, which is especially useful when killing Chaos druids, Cave crawlers, Flesh Crawlers, Mighty banshees and Aberrant spectres. It also has a special move called Herbcall, which can be activated if the player has a Macaw scroll (Herbcall) in their inventory. Herbcall has a chance of creating random herbs. Macaws also have a small chance of producing a random herb which the player can withdraw from them. This happens rarely, so it is not recommended for the player to use the Macaw pouch for this reason.

The Macaw is fairly popular amongst alchemists for its modest Summoning experience and as a passive herb gatherer (although a Magpie is better for passive profit, as it generates valuable items more often than the macaw).

A Macaw is one of two familiars that can be used during the quest The Curse of Arrav (Required to complete the quest), to help the player get past the zombie guards.

Macaw pouch[edit | edit source]


A macaw is made by using a Summoning pouch on a Summoning obelisk with 78 spirit shards, a green charm and one clean guam in the inventory. Making the pouch earns 72.4 experience points. Using the pouch to summon a Macaw gains 0.8 experience points, and costs 50 Summoning points. It seems to also increase seed drops.

Giving a macaw pouch to a beacon keeper in the All Fired Up (minigame) will allow that one keeper to get information about every single beacon in the network, instead of only the two neighbouring them.

Macaw scroll (Herbcall)[edit | edit source]

The Macaw's Herbcall ability.

Herbcall[edit | edit source]

A Macaw scroll (Herbcall) enables the use of the Herbcall special move for a Macaw. Using the pouch on a Summoning obelisk creates 10 scrolls. The scroll does not have to be used outside, but many underground areas will not work. 'Herbcall' will never result in a herb whilst within the Slayer Tower.

This scroll can produce all the herbs that monsters normally drop and at a fairly quick rate (2 in about 3 scrolls). This can be a productive way to make money or train herblore, although it does require a bit of patience. Usually the herbs dropped will be low level herbs, commonly guam, harralander and tarromin.

Note: The 'Herbcall' scroll can not be used continuously as the Macaw will get tired after each scroll, requiring a one minute cool down.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • ninja 14 June 2021 (Update):
    • This familiar can now auto-fire their scrolls.
  • patch 15 June 2015 (Update):
    • The Macaw interact option on the Summoning icon now works correctly.
  • patch 31 August 2011 (Update):
    • Jadinko Lair herb drops are no longer un-noted when using this familiar.

Trivia[edit | edit source]