Biodiversity catalog

Great Green Macaw
Ara ambiguus
guacamayo ambiguo
Great Green Macaw

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The great green macaw, found in Central and South America, is the largest parrot species in the region. Easily recognized by its vibrant lime green feathers, red-feathered forehead, and multi-colored tail feathers, the great green macaw inhabits humid, wet lowland foothills and dry deciduous forest and prefers to settle in areas where two distinct habitats overlap, also known as edge or ecotone habitats. In the wild, the global population of this bird is estimated at 2,500 mature individuals. The IUCN Red List classifies the great green macaw as endangered, and its numbers continue to decline due to habitat loss and hunting and poaching for the pet trade.