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Red-fronted Macaw  

Also Known As: Red-cheeked Macaw

Wild pair of Red-fronted Macaws

Credit: © Ron Hoff

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One of the least known of all parrots in South America; also unknown in aviculture until 1973.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
60cm (23.4 in) 525-550g (18.4-19.25 oz)

Races including nominate:

Colourization Adult: Both adults mostly olive/green; orange/red forecrown, ear coverts and shoulder patch; face pink and less bare than other macaws; thighs red; lesser wing coverts, bend of wing, wrist area, and lesser underwing coverts orange/red; tail olive/green tipped with blue. Bill grey/black. Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but with orange/red on forehead or crown diminished or absent; wing entirely green, thighs green with orange tinge; tail shorter. Eye brown.

Call: Short musical notes, shrill and ringing, similar to Chestnut-fronted Macaw, given in flight, when feeding or at rest. Call of juvenile less strong and higher pitched. Pairs duet.

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Content Sources:

Article, "Macaws as Companions," by Joanne Abramson

Article, "Red-fronted Macaw," by Susan Clubb, DVM


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 132534, Red-fronted Macaw Ara rubrogenys, Hosner, Peter, Cochabamba, Bolivia, Jan. 19 2007, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.