of Macaws (Hook Bills)
Macaws are considered to be the most intelligent of all birds and are called by
many biologists the FLYING PRIMATES.
This WORLD specializes in eight species/subspecies of Large Macaws.
Common Name: Military Macaw
Genus/Species: Ara militaris
Mexico to Argentina
Dry forest and open woodland, in pairs or small flocks, up to about 20 birds.
They leave their resting places – like all other macaw species – during the
early morning to forage. They return to the same roosting spots in the evening.
Physical appearance may slightly vary depending on geographic area. Olive-green with a red forehead. Uppertail coverts and rump blue; bluish-red primary feathers. Cheek
patches with small rows of small violet-brown feathers. Eyes yellow, beak dark
gray, legs light gray. The female is slightly smaller. Young resemble the
parents, but they are duller with a brownish tinge
The female lays 2 to 3 eggs. Incubation time about 28 days. Their young leave
the nest after about 3 months. Pairs like to use barrels or drums as nesting
STATUS in Natural Habitat:
Endangered in their natural habitat.
The Military macaw’s range is fragemented due to hunting. Their name means
militaris (belonging to a soldier), named after the green feather color.
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