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 Military Macaw (Ara militaris)




Military Macaw | Ara militaris photo
Military Macaw in the Montreal Biodome.

Photograph by Ilikepie2221. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Military Macaw | Ara militaris photo
Military Macaw

Photograph by Petra Karstedt / Wilfried Berns. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MILITARY MACAW FACTS

Description
The Military Macaw is mostly green with paler green head. It has a red patch on the forehead above the beak, and the face has bare white patch barred with fine black lines. The flight feathers are blue and the tail is red with blue edges and tip. The beak is gray black and the iris yellow.

Size
70cm

Environment
arid woodlands and subtropical forests.

Food
seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, vegetation. They visit clay licks along riverbanks to feed on clay deposits, which appear to detoxify the poisons found in the seeds and vegetation they eat.

Breeding
Nests in the tops of trees or in cliff-face high above the ground. Females lay one to two eggs which hatch after about 26 days.

Range
found in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Ara
Species:militaris
Common Name:Military Macaw


Relatives in same Genus
  Scarlet Macaw (A. macao)