Great Green Macaw

Scientific Name: Ara ambiguus.
Territory: Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

  • Ara ambiguus
    Recinto Crucitas.

The Great Green Macaw lives in the forest of Costa Rica. In adulthood these macaws measure approximately one meter in length, from the point of the tail until its head, being the largest Macaw (<i>Ara</i>) species in the country.

These macaws find their feed in a variety of different forest tree species – Mountain Almond (Dipteryx panamensis), Titor (Sacoglottis tricogyna), and others. Their strong and robust beaks serve like a tool to reach and break the nuts and seeds that form their diet.

They are capable of reproducing up to 8 years and the breeding season begins in December through April. The reproductive success depends on the amount of food they can find in the forest. Each partner may have up to 2 babies, which leave the nest at 3.5 months of age to be with their parents until more than a year.

Unfortunately, there are several causes for a reduction in population and that threaten extinction for the Great Green Macaw –  deforestation, mining, ranching, development, etc – it is reducing its natural habitat, as well as extracting them from their ecosystem to use as pets or ornaments.

Currently, The Macaw Sanctuary NATUWA has a management plan for assisted reproduction in captivity and to prevent these charismatic birds from disappearing.