Great green macaw
Great green macaw is also known as the Buffon’s Macaw or the Grand Military Macaw. These large Macaws are rare in the wild. They are rare in captivity too, but they have proven to be good breeders. Today with successful breeding, the Buffon’s Macaw is not only becoming more available, but a few captive bred birds have also been re-introduced into the wild in some areas of its native habitat.
The name Great Green Macaw is truly descriptive. They are not only the largest parrot in their region, but the Buffon’s overall coloration is green, becoming blue around the lower back and rump as well as the undertail coverts (the feathers from the belly leading into the tail). It has a strong scarlet red forehead and the tail is a subdued red-brown tipped in blue. This is one of the more hefty of the large Macaws, reaching 33 to 36″ (85 – 90 cm) in length and weighing up to 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg).
The Buffon’s Macaw is very similar in appearance to its close cousin, the Military Macaw. In fact the Buffon’s is often mistaken for this more commonly available Macaw parrot. An earlier contribution to The confusion between these two birds even goes back to the early 19th century when the Military Macaw was also referred to as the “Great Green Macaw”. However, the Buffon’s Macaw does differ somewhat from its close cousin. It is noticeably larger and it has a lighter green coloration overall, with a more yellowish green cast to its feathers.
The Buffon’s Macaw is very social and makes a wonderful pet bird. It vies for a top position as one of the most docile and affectionate of the pet Macaws. Even breeding pairs have been known to be friendly. Like all Macaws they are also quite intelligent, inquisitive and playful. They are considered to be fair talkers and are excellent at learning tricks. They make a great aviary bird too, as they enjoy the company of a flock. In the wild they are seldom seen alone.