Blue-winged Macaw Primolius maracana


The Blue-winged Macaw is a resident of Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. The Blue-winged Macaw is green overall with a red forehead, a brownish red patch on its belly, and blue on the primaries, primary coverts, and tail. The yellow irises and red forehead patch of the Blue-winged Macaw distinguish them from the similar Red-Bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca manilata). These large parrots inhabit a number of different habitat types including the borders of tropical lowland evergreen forest, palm groves and gallery forest. Although historically found across a large swath of central South America, the Blue-winged Macaw has become difficult to find across much of its former range. Local extinctions of this colorful bird have been noted in Misiones, Argentina and Rio Grande Del Sul in Brazil.

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Recommended Citation

Blue-winged Macaw (Primolius maracana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: