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Great Green Macaw
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[Photo] Ara ambigua from Zoo Schmiding. Date 01.08.2006. Author: Alois Staudacher
The Great Green Macaw, also called Buffon's Macaw (Ara ambiguus) is a Central American parrot found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. Two isolated subspecies are recognized, the nominate form is found in Central America to Northern Colombia, while the A. a. guayaquilensis is found in Ecuador and possibly south-western Colombia.
Great Green Macaws are green, with a reddish forehead and pale blue lower back, rump and upper tail cover feathers. Tail is brownish red tipped with very pale blue.
It has been described as endangered , and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the birds existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects.
The scientific name has recently been changed from A. ambigua to A. ambiguus to bring the name in gender agreement.
Buffon's macaw is sometimes bred in captivity, having a less nervous personality than most other macaws, but it is still very rarely seen as a pet.
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