Red-fronted macaw

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Red-fronted macaw
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At Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma, USA
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Arinae
Tribe: Arini
Genus: Ara
Species: A. rubrogenys
Binomial name
Ara rubrogenys
Lafresnaye, 1847

The red-fronted macaw (Ara rubrogenys) is a parrot endemic to a small semi-desert mountainous area of Bolivia. It is an endangered species; it has been successfully bred in captivity, and is available, if not common, as a pet.

Description[edit]

The red-fronted macaw is 55–60 cm (21.5–23.5 in.) long. It is mostly green, and has a red forehead, a red patch over the ears and bright red to orange edged under wing coverts. It has an area of pinkish skin around the eyes extending to the beak. It has red at the bend of wings and blue primary wing feathers.[2]

Range and habitat[edit]

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The red-fronted macaw is native to a small mountainous area of south-central Bolivia situated about 200 km west of Santa Cruz, in the department of the same name, where the climate is medium altitude semi-desert. The natural vegetation consists mostly of cactus (large and small) and thorny trees and scrub. The climate is semi arid with cold nights and hot days. Rain comes in infrequent heavy storms. It is unusual in that it is the only macaw to inhabit such a climatic zone. Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however here there are no very large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.[3] The bird has been captured for the pet trade in the past and killed by local farmers because it raids their crops.

At Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Plumage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Ara rubrogenys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Species factsheet: Ara rubrogenys". BirdLife International (2008). Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Lanning, D (1991). "Distribution and breeding biology of the Red-fronted Macaw". Wilson Bulletin 103 (3): 357–365. 

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