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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Amazonia Lodge, Atalaya, Río Altos Madre de Dios, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018
Ara severus


46–51 cm (18-20 in)

  • Green plumage
  • Dull blue head
  • Red and blue wing patches
  • Chestnut brown patch on head above beak
  • White eye patch with black lines


  • Rufous tail
  • Feathers tipped blue
  • Dull red undertail
  • Black bill
  • Flesh coloured feet
  • Red underwing visible in flight


Photo by Gil Serique
Santarem, Maica, Brazil, June, 2012

Central and South America
Central America: tropical eastern Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, northern Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies castaneifrons is not recognised by all authorities[2].


Open forests, woodlands, savanna, and the edges of rainforests.


Normally seen in pairs or groups.


Their main diet consists of seeds.


They nest in tree holes. The clutch consists of 2-3 white eggs which are incubated by the female for about 28 days. The young fledge about 70 days later.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Parrot Link
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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