Buffon’s macaw

Buffon’s macaw Ara ambigua (EEP)

ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
Size85–90cm
Weight1.2–1.4kg
Incubation29 days
Eggs2
Life-span60 years
Diet
grains, fruit, berries and nuts

Habitat
tropical forests and plains

Range
Central America and north-west South America (Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia)


The total Buffon’s macaw population is estimated to stand at less than 2,500 fully grown individuals. The main threats to this species are deforestation, the trade in their meat and the illegal trade in caged birds.
 
As with other parrots, their zygodactile claws (two claws facing forwards, two backwards) allow them to maintain a firm grip on branches while grabbing food.
 
Buffon’s macaws are named after French naturalist Georges du Buffon, a champion of the popularisation of science in the 18th century and the author of the famous, monumental Histoire naturelle.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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