Birds of Colombia

CHestnut-fronted maCAW 
GUACAMAYA CARISECA

Ara severus

The Chesnut-fronted Macaw is mostly green and with visible patches of red and blue on the wings. Its head has a chestnut brown patch just above its beak. The beak is black and the patches around the eyes are white with lines made of small black feathers. Have of the size of its body corresponds to its tail. It is a monotypic species with no subspecies. In the wild their typically gregarious personality can become more aggressive at puberty giving them the name severe. This tendency can be corrected while in captivity but with significant handling to tame as a pet. It feeds on seeds Hura creptians and take nectar from flowers of Erythrina. It weighs 300–410 g (11–14 oz). It constructs its nest in a dead tree or palm hole. Its clutch is formed by 2 -3 white eggs that are incubated for 28 days. The chicks leave the nest approximately 70 days after hatching. These macaws can live from 30 to 80 years.

La Guacamaya Cariseca es de color verde con la coronilla azul. En la frente tiene una banda estrecha y poco visible de color castaño. Su cola es larga, aguda y verde teñida de rojizo. Su pico es negro grisáceo. La piel facial y la garganta se encuentran desnudas de color blanquecino, las plumas de las alas son azules por encima. El interior de las alas es rojo opaco. Es considerada una especie monotípica o sea sin subspecies. Se encuentran hasta los 2200 m de alturas en zonas cálidas. También habita en tierras bajas húmedas en bordes de selva, claros y ríos. Se alimenta de semillas de ceiba (Hura creptians) y del néctar y flores del género Erythrina. Consume además semillas de algunas leguminosas. Esta ave anida en cavidades de arboles muertos o palmas muertas y ponen de 2 a 3 huevos de color blanco que incuba durante 28 dias. Los polluelos dejan el nido a los 70 dias después de la oclosión. Durar de 30 a 80 años.

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Chestnut-fronted macaw, guacamaya cariseca, ara severus

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