Extinct: Cuban Macaw, Ara tricolor

Aprendiendo de nuestra historia podemos evitar perder nuestro legado biocultural. #ecosentido

Repeating Islands


From Red Orbit  . . . The image here is by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, a 19th-century Puerto Rican-American ornithologist.

The Cuban Macaw or the Cuban Red Macaw (Ara tricolor) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud, an island off of the coast of west Cuba. At around 18 to 20 inches long it was one of the smaller members of the Ara genus of macaws. It was the last species of macaw that was native to the Caribbean islands to go extinct.

A number of skins are preserved in museums; however, no eggs have survived.

A pair was kept in the royal menagerie at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria from 1760.

This bird was approximately 18 to 20 inches long. It had a red forehead fading to orange and then to yellow at the nape of the neck, unfeathered areas around…

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