Buffon’s macaw Ara ambigua (EEP)
grains, fruit, berries and nuts
tropical forests and plains
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 evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW