Great green macaw

A stunning bird dressed in vibrant green and blue, facing dangers from loss of home and unlawful trade

Eric Kilby

A magnificent and dazzling bird that soars in the skies of Central and South America. It wears a coat of emerald feathers, with splashes of sapphire and ruby on its forehead, back, and tail. It feasts on juicy fruits and crunchy nuts from the forest trees. It can fill the air with loud and cheerful sounds like other macaws.

The Great green macaw has a strong curved beak, which it uses to crack open nuts and seeds, its primary diet. This macaw is also known for its loud and raucous calls, often heard echoing through the treetops. With a wingspan of up to 1 m (4 ft), it is a powerful flyer capable of swift and agile flights across the forest canopy. However, this magnificent bird is also endangered, facing habitat loss and illegal pet trade threats.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Colombia
2020
Costa Rica
<200
Official estimate
CR
2020
Ecuador
50-70
Official estimate
CR
2020
Honduras
400
Official estimate
CR
2020
Nicaragua
<200
Official estimate
CR
2020
Panama
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No