Chestnut-fronted Macaw Ara severus

  • © Roger Wasley

The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is a widely distributed and colorful resident of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, eastern Peru and Bolivia east to Venezuela and Brazil. The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is green with a narrow dark chestnut frontal band, has a bare white facial patch, red on the shoulders, carpal area, tail and lesser underwing-coverts, blue on the primary coverts, primaries and tip of the tail and has a turquoise vent. This species has been recorded in a number of different types of habitat including seasonally flooded forest, gallery forest, swampy areas, second growth and occasionally humid lowland terra firme forest. The diet of the Chestnut-fronted Macaw is also highly variable and includes the seeds, pulp and flowers of a number of different types of plants. Unlike many other species of parrots and macaws, populations of the Chestnut-fronted Macaw appear to be stable.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: