Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Endangered

Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys)


Taxonomy

French: Ara de Lafresnaye German: Rotohrara Spanish: Guacamayo de Cochabamba
Taxonomy:

Ara rubro-genys

Lafresnaye

, 1847,

Bolivia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C Bolivia (S Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, N Chuquisaca and NE Potosí).

Descriptive notes

55–60 cm; 450–650 g. Broad red forehead running up and back to above eye; bare orbital ring and strip at base of bill pale pinkish red; rear ear-coverts, shoulder... read more

Voice

Short, shrill ringing call, similar to A. severus and reminiscent of Aratinga,... read more

Habitat

Arid montane scrub, deciduous and cactus woodland in intermontane valleys and gorges at 1100–... read more

Food and feeding

The legumes Schinopsis quebracho and Prosopis chilensis and a cactus Cereus (or Neocardenasia) are... read more

Breeding

Oct–Mar, sometimes later, but apparently timed so that fledging coincides with period of maximum food availability, in Feb–Mar... read more

Movements

No evidence of any displacements.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species, largely confined to valleys of R Grande, R Mizque, R Caine and R Pilcomayo in SC Bolivia. Has a very... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54622 on 21 June 2018).