Cuban Macaw Ara tricolor

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The Cuban Macaw is an extinct parrot that was endemic to Cuba and possibly Isla de la Juventud.  As recently as 1800, the species was common on the island, but faced a swift decline at the hand of man.  This striking bird was a typical macaw in size and shape, and was mostly red, with a yellow nape and blue rump, tail tip, and wings. Threats that led to the extinction of the species included deforestation, hunting, and the capture of young macaws by humans to be kept as pets.  The last confirmed Cuban Macaw on Earth was shot near Zapata Swamp in 1864.

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Recommended Citation

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