French: Ara militaire German: Soldatenara Spanish: Guacamayo militar
no locality, Colombia suggested
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. mexicanus
Ridgway, 1915 – W & NE Mexico from C Sonora to Oaxaca and from E Nuevo León to E San Luís Potosí (now disappeared from most of the range).
A. m. militaris
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Santa Marta Mts, Sierra de Perijá and Coastal Range of N Venezuela S through Andes of Colombia, E Ecuador, Peru and W Bolivia.
A. m. bolivianus
Reichenow, 1908 – E slope of Andes of C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz) to N Argentina (N Salta).
70–71 cm; 972–1134 g. Forehead red; bare patch on face extending over eye white (often flushing pinkish-red) with dark transverse feather lines; rest of crown,... read more
Calls loud and strident, audible at considerable distance. Flight call a loud harsh “raah”, similar... read more
Relatively dry montane evergreen and tropical deciduous forest, gallery woodland and pine-oak... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes Jessenia bataua palm, Melia azedarach fruit, and Ficus figs. In tropical dry and oak (Quercus... read more
Reportedly from Mar in Mexico, but other evidence indicates as late as Jun–Jul. No information elsewhere in range. Nest in hole in... read more
In Colombia regularly crosses E Andes from Huila to Caquetá, and then present in Cueva de... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES I. Very extensive, but fragmented range. In Mexico, uncommon to frequent in N part range, but possibly extinct in S, largely through trade. Reintroduction... read more
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