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Red-fronted Macaw

The Red-fronted Macaw, Ara rubrogenys, is a parrot endemic to a small semi-desert mountainous area of Bolivia. It is highly endangered, and there may only be 150 or so birds left in the wild; it has been successfully bred in captivity, and is available, if not common, as a pet.


The Red-fronted Macaw is 5560 cm (21.523.5 in.) long. It is mostly green, and has a red forehead and a red patch over the ears. 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.

Range and habitat

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.Lanning, D (1991) " Distribution and breeding biology of the Red-fronted Macaw". Wilson Bulletin 103 (3): 357-365 The bird has been captured for the pet trade in the past and killed by local farmers because it raids their crops.


File:Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) -on branch-3cp.jpg|Wing clipped

File:Ara rubrogenys -Zoo de Doue-la-fontaine-8a-2c.jpg|In the air

File:Ara rubrogenys -Doue la Fontaine zoo-flying-8a.jpg|Flying

External links

Red-fronted Macaw videos on the Internet Bird Collection

Stamps (for Bolivia)

Red-fronted Macaw photo gallery VIREO

Wild Macaws (Bolivia section)

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