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Subspecies militaris
Photo by Stanley Jones
Wildsumaco Lodge, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016
Ara militaris


70–71 cm (27½-28 in)

  • Red forehead
  • White bare patch over eye (sometimes flushed pink) with dark lines
  • Blue primaries
  • Red tail with blue borders
  • Greyish-black bill
  • Yellow iris


Central and South America
Central America: found in Mexico and Guatemala
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina



Subspecies mexicanus
Photo by Fernando Cerra
Jaumave Tamaulipas, Mexico, December 20004

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. m. mexicanus:
  • Arid western Mexico (Sonora to Isthmus of Tehuántepec)
  • A. m. militaris:
  • A. m. bolivianus:


Dryish montane evergreen and deciduous forests, gallery forests and pine-oak woodland.



Their diet includes various fruits and figs, berries, seeds and nuts.


They nest in holes at the tops of trees. The clutch consists of 1 or 2 eggs which are incubated by the female for 26 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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