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Military Macaw (ara militaris)

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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2012

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Description The Military Macaw has a general green plumage, though the head is a lighter green, the throat is olive green, and there is an olive tinge to the back and wings. The lower back, rump, and the outer edges of the wings and tail are blue.They have a bright red forehead and a faint bluish tinge on the hindneck. The tail is a brownish-red on top and olive-green on the underside. They have a bare face patch lined with small greenish black feathers. The beak is gray-black and the eyes are yellow.

There are three subspecies, and all are very similar in appearance with only slight variations. The commonly seen Military Macaw Ara m. militaris is the smallest of the three. The Mexican Military Macaw Ara m. mexicana looks about the same, but is a bit larger. The Bolivian Military Macaw Ara militaris boliviana is in the middle, size-wise, but has some slight variations in its color pattern. It has a reddish-brown throat, some reddish feathers on the ear coverts, and darker blues on the outer wings and tip of the tail.

The Military Macaw is a full sized Macaw, though a bit smaller than most of the other large Macaws. They are about the same as the Scarlet Macaw Ara macao. These birds range from about 25"-28" (70-80 cm) in length, and weigh about 2 to 2.4 pounds (.907 - 1.09 kg). http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds...

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