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Cuban Macaw - BirdForum Opus

Skull t.png The species Cuban Macaw is extinct.
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Ara tricolor

Includes Jamaican Macaw




  • Brown red upperback, green scalloped feathers
  • Brown, red, purple-blue wings
  • Blue lower back, rump and undertail feathers
  • Dark red uppertail, becoming blue at tip
  • Red forehead becoming orange
  • Yellow nape
  • Orange face, chin, chest, abdomen and thighs
  • Bare white skin around iris
  • Yellow iris
  • Dark brown bill
  • Sexes alike


Formerly Cuba and Isles of Pines. Possibly also Hispaniola, but this is unlikely (see this thread).

Last reports 1864.


This is a monotypic species[1], sometimes treated as two species, Cuban Macaw Ara cubensis and Hispaniolan Macaw Ara tricolor.
Jamaican Macaw (Ara gossei) is usually regarded as invalid and included in this taxon.




It nested in tree holes.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BirdLife International

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