Military Macaw (Ara militaris) - HBW 4, p. 420
French: Ara militaire
Spanish: Guacamayo Militar
Taxonomy: Psittacus militaris Linnaeus, 1766, no locality, Colombia suggested.
Sometimes treated as conspecific with A. ambigua, but in spite of evidence of interbreeding the characters of the two forms are consistently different over their respective ranges. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- mexicana Ridgway, 1915 - Mexico.
- militaris (Linnaeus, 1766) - NW Venezuela, Colombia, E Ecuador and N Peru.
- boliviana Reichenow, 1908 - Bolivia and N Argentina.
- Vulnerable Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
A close-up of a bird perched. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany (ssp militaris)
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 6 years ago 26 sec 4
A close-up of a bird Locality Colombia (ssp militaris)
ProAves 2006 8 years ago 8 sec 4
Two birds flying Locality Colombia (ssp militaris)
ProAves 2006 8 years ago 30 sec 3.9
A bird preening and moving on a perch Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Josep del Hoyo 4 November 2005 8 years ago 26 sec 3.9
Two birds in a tree Locality Colombia (ssp militaris)
ProAves 2006 8 years ago 12 sec 3.7
A bird preening and calling. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany (ssp mexicana)
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 6 years ago 33 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 24 photos
An adult bird
Locality Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Andy Emmerson 28 July 2014 15 weeks ago 4.3
Military Macaws nest in a canyon in the desert hills of Tehuacan, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The lower part of the canyon i
Locality Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern)
Jaime Rojo 3 April 2010 2 years ago 4.1
Perching II (photo: Marcelo Silva Croome)
Locality Salvador Mazza, Salta Province, Argentina (ssp boliviana)
Germán Marateo 17 December 2009 13 weeks ago 4
Portrait of an adult bird
Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Andy Emmerson 27 October 2013 1 year ago 4
An adult bird.
Locality Antwerp Zoo, Antwerp Province, Belgium (ssp mexicana)
Tomasz Doroń 28 June 2009 1 year ago 4
Portrait of a bird held in captivity
Locality Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco State, Mexico (Northern)
Tomas Grim 24 July 2004 3 years ago 3.7
Calls in flight Locality La Azulita, Mérida State, Venezuela
Peter Boesman 26 July 2000 1 year ago 4
Calls of a group Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 7 February 2010 5 years ago 4
Calls from a large flock flying extremely high over an area of dry scrub. Locality Tamborapa, Cajamarca Department, Peru
Nick Athanas 13 October 2002 5 years ago 4