AppearanceGreat Green Macaws are the largest parrots in their natural range, averaging 85–90 cm long and 1.3 kg in weight. They are mainly green and have a reddish forehead and pale blue lower back, rump and upper tail feathers. Tail is brownish red tipped with very pale blue. The bare facial skin is patterned with lines of small dark feathers, which are reddish in older and female parrots.
The Great Green Macaw appears superficially similar to, and may easily be confused with the somewhat smaller Military Macaw.
StatusThe parrot is endangered, and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the bird's existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects.
CulturalBuffon's Macaw is sometimes bred in captivity, having a less nervous personality than most other macaws, but it is still very rarely seen as a pet.
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