The Red-shouldered Macaw is a small, green macaw of savanna and open woodland in the lowlands of northern South America. It occurs from Venezuela south to Bolivia and east to northeastern Brazil. It has a small area of white facial skin, red in the shoulder, and a blue forecrown. Like many parrots, it occurs in flocks that move about the landscape in search of seeds, fruits, and flowers. It may also feed on crops and rice in agricultural areas. Nesting occurs in a hole, usually in a live palm.