Meet Olive

The red-fronted macaw (Ara rubrogenys) is a parrot endemic to a small semi-desert mountainous area of Bolivia. It is a critically endangered species; it has been successfully bred in captivity and is available, if not common, as a pet. It is also sometimes known in the literature as Lafresnaye's macaw, named for the French ornithologist Frédéric de Lafresnaye, who was one of the first to describe the species.

Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however, there are no large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.

The Red-fronted Macaw is 21.5–23.5 inches long. A large, red patch on the forehead gives them their name and their most distinguishing feature. Both adults are mostly olive-green, with red-orange ear coverts and shoulder patches. The face is pink and less bare than other macaws. The tail is olive-green tipped with blue. The bill is grey-black. The eyes are orange.


The juvenile is colored much like an adult but the red forehead is slightly diminished or absent. The wings are entirely green, and the tail is shorter. The eyes are brown.

Just like their cousins, a good part of this length is taken by their long, graceful tails. All of this requires a lot of space when considering a cage.


The Red-fronted Macaw is native to a small mountainous area of south-central Bolivia situated about 125 miles west of Santa Cruz, where the climate is medium-altitude semi-desert. The natural vegetation consists mostly of cactus (large and small) and thorny trees and scrub. The climate is semi-arid with cold nights and hot days. Rain comes in infrequent heavy storms. It is unusual in that it is the only macaw to inhabit such a climatic zone. Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however here there are no large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.. The bird has been captured for the pet trade in the past and killed by local farmers because it raids their crops.

The Red-fronted Macaw is a unique, affectionate, and endlessly fun parrot, They can be quite calm and affectionate, being one of the cuddlier breeds of macaws. They are intelligent and have an inquisitive personality with a great desire for fun and games. All these balanced traits combined make the Red Fronted macaw a desirable and loved pet parrot worldwide.

There’s a little bit of everything when it comes to Red-fronted macaws. They can learn a few basic words from an early age, and will also try and mimic human conversations. Their call consists of loud caws and screeches, but it is not often that you will hear it. It comes on mostly when something is wrong, or if your pet is bored.

Red-fronted Macaws are olive green with bright red on their foreheads, ear coverts, shoulders, and socks. Their underwings are flames of red, orange and yellow.

In the wild, their diet is made up of a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, and agricultural crops. The first part of their diet as a pet should be the high-quality seed mix for macaws. It has a good portion of millet, sunflower, and other seeds. As an important addition of vitamins and proteins, you’ll have to add plenty of fresh fruits and green vegetables.


Affectionate, docile, inquisitive, and playful, these macaws have all the desirable traits you want in a pet parrot. Their excellent health and lifespan of over 60 years, make the Red-fronted macaw a great family pet, whether it is cuddling or goofing around the house.

Affectionate, docile, inquisitive, and playful, these macaws have all the desirable traits you want in a pet parrot.

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