Parrots (Psittacidae)

Great Green Macaw (Ara ambigua) - HBW 4, p. 421

French: Ara de Buffon German: Bechsteinara Spanish: Guacamayo Ambiguo
Other common names: Buffon's Macaw

Taxonomy: Psittacus ambiguus Bechstein, 1811, north-western Colombia.
Sometimes treated as conspecific with A. militaris, but in spite of evidence of interbreeding the characters of the two forms are consistently different over their respective ranges. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ambigua (Bechstein, 1811) - E Honduras and Nicaragua through Costa Rica and Panama to NW Colombia.
  • guayaquilensis Chapman, 1925 - W Ecuador.