There are twelve macaws in the Ara genus. Macaws are very distinctive birds, and possibly the best known, with their distinctive screeching call, sharp hooked beak, colourful plumage, very long tails and naked area around the eyes and cheeks. They are seen in most zoos, bird collections and anywhere else exotic wildlife is likely to be found. The species or the genus Ara are social birds which in the wild iive in flocks of 40 to 50 individuals composed by family groups of two to four animals.
They form pairs, and this social structure is kept when big flocks of hundreds of individuals are constituted. The species of the Ara genus vary greatly in size and colour with all of them having a similar body shape. Ara macaws have long tail feathers and large, broad heads with beaks that are extensive and strong. The most noticeable taxonomic feature of these birds is the area of bare skin on either side of the face. These bare patches can be completely bare or be covered in rows of small facial feathers surrounding the eyes. These markings vary between each macaw species.
Listen to the sound of Chestnut-fronted Macaw
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Video Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Chestnut-fronted Macaw habitat runs from eastern Panama in Central America south as far as Bolivia and Brazil. In Suriname common ara in the coastal plane of swampy areas. Ara severa has a disjunct distribution, one of the two populations occurring west of the Andes in eastern Panama, coastal Venezuela and Columbia through to Ecuador. East of the Andes it occurs in the Amazonian lowlands of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and parts of Bolivia and Brazil. It extends through the tropical zone of Venezuela, through the Guianas to Amapa, Brazil.