Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca manilatus)


French: Ara macavouanne German: Rotbauchara Spanish: Guacamayo ventrirrojo

Psittacus manilatus


, 1783,





EC Colombia S to E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia, and E through E Venezuela, Trinidad and the Guianas to NC & SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

50–51 cm; 292–390 g. Bare facial patch from base of bill above and behind eye pale yellowish; forehead grey-blue shading through dull blue to green on nape and... read more


Flight call a distinctive high-pitched, rather plaintive “greeah” without the grating or rasping... read more


Mauritia palm stands in seasonally or permanently inundated savannas and partly forested... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively the fruits of Mauritia palms, but Euterpe and Roystonea oleracea also recorded.


Feb–Jun in Guyana; Feb and Sept, Trinidad; bird visiting hole in stub in Sept, Brazil. Nest in hole in dead palm, of which base... read more


At a site in Bolivia, Sept–Nov, the species was common but in another year it could not be... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). CITES II. Locally common throughout range with the exception of Colombia and Guyana, where uncommon; Mauritia palm stands... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Red-bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca manilatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).