Severe Macaw (Chestnut-Fronted Macaw)

Severe macaws are a wonderful creation of nature, commonly seen throughout the south Panama and Amazonian Brazil region. This small sized bird with a typical macaw personality is for you if you are ready to be a full-time bird owner.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Psittacoidea
Family Psittacidae
Subfamily Arinae
Tribe Arini
Genus Ara
Scientific Name Ara severus


Quick Information

Other name Chestnut-fronted macaw
Size 18-19 inches(46-48 cm)
Weight 350-400 gm
Color Shimmery green body, chestnut brown patches on forehead, above and under the black beak, white with black striped feathers around the eye, blue and red patches in wing feathers
Distribution Central Bolivia, Northern region of South America
Habitat Woodland, Savannah, and forest
Sound Loud screaming
Clutch 2-4 eggs
Incubation period 27-28 days
Fledging 70 days
Lifespan 30-40 years
Diet Fruits and vegetables
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

Severe Macaw Bird

Severe Macaw Photos

As pets

This agile and outgoing bird is a nice choice to own for bird enthusiasts. With its entertainment quotient and friendly demeanor, this bird is an absolute darling.


Provide a steel cage of 4X4X8ft with some perches so that your macaw can fully spread its wings and move easily. It also requires some chewable toys for mental stimulation and enrichment. If possible, arrange an outside cage for its refreshment.

A wooden nest box sizing 12X12X24inches should be arranged.

Severe Macaw Cage

Severe Macaws


For your severe macaw, ensure a moderate temperature.


A hand raised severe macaw is an endearing bird, always having an affinity towards interacting with its owner. A well-trained macaw can accompany you by sitting on your shoulder while you do the household chores. Although they are screamers, some of them are actually capable of fluent talking. If not given adequate attention, these macaws can be nippy and destructive.


Formulated diet, vegetables, and fruits are very important for your macaw. Once in a while, treat your pet with seeds or almonds.


Cleanliness of your pet and its cage is the basic thing you should be observant about. Bathe it by sprinkling water and then let it dry well. Make your pet socialize with as many new people as possible to curb its tendency of becoming a one person bird. Always, keep it under your watch while it is out of the cage, as this inquisitive bird might ingest some toxic elements.

Baby Severe Macaw

Severe Macaw Pictures

Health problems

  • Psittacosis
  • Feather picking
  • Proventricular Dilatation Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Constricted toe syndrome
  • Viral, bacterial and fungal infection
  • Pancreatitis
  • Beak malformations

Checking up by a vet and a healthy diet can keep all such ailments at bay.


It costs $699-$899 depending if it is hand-weaned or not.

Severe Macaw Flying

Severe Macaw Images

Interesting facts

  • It has got its name ‘severe’ because of its aggressive behavior observed rarely.
  • It happens to be the largest of entire mini macaw family.

Video: Severe macaw talking



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