Chestnut-fronted Macaw

About the Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Also known as: Severe Macaw, Brazilian Green Macaw
Chestnut-fronted Macaw

The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is a small species of macaw from South America. These darling birds have a mostly green body plumage. There are patches of bright red on the wings and tail; there are chestnut-colored patches by the beak.

The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is also known as the Severe Macaw, especially in aviculture, where they have a reputation of being aggressive.

Chestnut-fronted Macaws have a stable population in the wild and have a conservation status of Least Concern as of April 2014.

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Details & Statistics



The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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