Great Green Macaw

Scientifically known as Ara ambiguous, the great green macaw is mostly a wild bird with some rare occurrences in captivity. Instead of being kept inside a house, the species is suitable for staying in an aviary, given its requirements regarding weather, ambiance, and environment. Even in aviaries, it is not a sought-after choice per se.

Great Green Macaw

Quick Information

Other names Buffon’s macaw, great military macaw, Guayaquil green macaw, grand military macaw, and grand green macaw
Color Green body, red forehead, bluish lower back
Size 30-36 in (76.2-91.4 cm)
Weight Around 45 oz (1.2 kg)
Distribution South and Central America
Habitat Humid deciduous and tropical forests and forest edges
  • Ara ambiguus ambiguus
  • Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis
Diet Fruits, nuts, flower, bark and roots
Breeding season December-April in Costa Rica, while in Ecuador it is August-October
Clutch size 2-3 eggs
Incubation period 26- 30 days
Fledging 12-13 weeks
Lifespan 30-60 years
IUCN Conservation Status Endangered
Temperament as pets Jovial
Maintenance requirement High
Noise level Loud
Talking ability None

As Pets


A 50 ft long enclosure along with lots of natural perches like tree trunks, eucalyptus or pine branches are perfect for the macaw. A barrel sizing 21in x 36in is good as a nest box.


Since these birds are endemic to humid places, maintain that basic criteria by keeping the species in preferably cooler places.

Great Green Macaw Habitat

Great Green Macaw Picture


The macaw likes to live in small groups and usually stay content with themselves. Its natural tendency to fly high is often observed inside the cage as well.


Its strong bill is apt for breaking hard nuts so give the bird almonds, pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts. Fruits like orange and banana are also good options.

Great Green Macaw Bird

Great Green Macaw Diet


Provide big chewable toys inside the cage for the entertainment and exercise of the bird.

For the necessity cleanliness, place an overhead mister that will make the bathing easier and enjoyable.

Also, make sure, the food bowls and water bowls are clean and tidy.

Health Problems

Psittacine beak and feather disease, chronic sinus infections, herpes infections, sunken-eye syndrome, and psittacosis are common problems. Consult a vet if you observe any irregularity in your bird.


$2000-$3000 is the range for such birds.

Interesting Fact

  • The subspecies Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis which is conspecific to Ecuador, is also named as Chapman’s Green Macaw after Frank M. Chapman, the American naturalist who discovered the bird.

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