(Ara militaris)


Named in 1766 by Carl Linnaeus, a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences, for the bright red forehead patch that contrasts strikingly with its bright green plumage in a manner that reminded Linnaeus of the dress uniforms worn by 18th century Prussian infantrymen known as j├Ągers.
This species has an expansive but highly fragmented range from Mexico to northwest Argentina; including Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador,  Peru, and Venezuela.


Mexico and South America


Higher elevation evergreen and tropical deciduous forests, thorn forests in lowland areas. Prefers habitats with available cliffs for roost- and nest-sites


Palm fruits, figs, and various seeds and leaves. Will also feed on crops including corn, walnuts, and olives.


Surprisingly limited information is known about the breeding ecology of this species. It lays only 2-3 eggs in a cavity in either a tree or a rocky cliff and incubation takes 28 days.



At the Aviary

See the Military Macaw in our Tropical Rainforest