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Military Macaw Ara militaris

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Occasionally treated as being conspecific with the Great Green Macaw, the Military Macaw has a wide but distinctly patchy range, which extends from Mexico to the northern Andes and adjacent ranges, to Bolivia and northwest Argentina. However, it is absent from all of Central America, and much of Peru, and is always rare and local, being ranked as Vulnerable according to IUCN criteria. This large, mainly green macaw has a red forehead and bare white facial area lined with black lines, and a blue tinge to the hindneck. The flight feathers are blue above and olive below, and the tail is blue and red. It is found in a comparatively wide range of forest types, both humid and dry, but always requires reasonably large areas of relatively undisturbed habitat.

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

Recommended Citation

Military Macaw (Ara militaris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/milmac