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Species

Scarlet macaw

(Ara chloropterus)

Length: 90 to 95 cm.
Weight: 1050 to 1708 g.

Coloration: Red coloration, different from the scarlet macaw for having green wing feathers in place of the yellow ones and for the narrow row of red feathers on the white facial skin.

Status

This species is not in danger of extinction (CITES II), but is highly commercialized and its feathers are collected by indigenous peoples. This species is also being studied by the Hyacinth Macaw Project team. See some of the research results in Publications.

Source: IUCN

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Geographical Distribution

It occurs in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. In Brazil, it occurs from the Amazon to western Piauí, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, and São Paulo. Like the blue-and-yellow, or caninde macaw, it also lives in the city of Campo Grande. It is now possible to see expanding and migrating bands of Scarlet macaws along the borders of the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, and Paraná, where they had been considered to be extinct.

Habitat

Woodlands along riverbanks in tropical forests, mountain ranges, and copses in the Pantanal, possibly sharing or alternating some nests with hyacinth macaws.

Food

Fruits and seeds in general.

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Source: IUCN

Taxonomy

Class: Birds

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittacidae

Genre: Ara

Scientific name: Ara chloropterus.

Popular name: Scarlet macaw, great scarlet macaw

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