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Military Macaw (Ara militaris)
Military Macaw in the Montreal Biodome.
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MILITARY MACAW FACTSDescription
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.
arid woodlands and subtropical forests.
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.
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.
found in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".
Relatives in same Genus
Scarlet Macaw (A. macao)