Military Macaw

Military Macaw

Military Macaw
Ara militaris


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Psittacidae

Range

Mexico, Tropical Central and South America


Habitat

Forests near water courses; arid and semi-arid regions


Diet

Seeds, figs and other fruits, nuts, berries and other vegetable material

Weight

1 - 2 lbs.

Size

27 - 33 in.

Wingspan

39 - 43 in.

Incubation

28 days

Clutch

1 - 4 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • Named, due to their drab olive color, when they were first imported into Europe by military personnel.
  • Usually roosting in the highest outer branches of trees, they live in pairs, families, or large flocks, foraging for fruits and nuts.
  • Easily identified by their loud screeching and croaking.
  • Their beak is used to open fruit and nuts and to help them climb.
  • They use their feet to hold their food while they crack it open with their beak.
  • Macaws are social animals and live in flocks of 20 to 40 birds.

 

Conservation

Once common in Mexico, they are now listed as endangered due to the clearing of their habitat for agriculture as well as their capture for the pet trade. To assure protection of the northernmost race, the entire species is listed in Appendix I of CITES.

Vulnerable

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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