Ara manilata..........................................................................By Gideon Scheepers
Red-bellied macaw is generally green and the lower abdomen a maroon
colour. The flight feathers and outer wing-coverts are blue edged with
green. They have a black beak and bare cheek patches of a pale dull
yellow colour. The iris is dark brown and the feet are grey. They grow
to a length of 48 cm.
Range & Habitat
can be found in Venezuela, western Colombia, eastern Peru and northern
Bolivia , and Brazil. They prefer to live near watercourses or swampy
areas. They are common to numerous in their habitat and are usually
seen in small groups or flocks of up to several hundred birds outside
Housing in Aviculture
They can be housed in suspended aviaries, but it must be large enough
for them to fly, as they tend to become overweight easily. We supply a nestbox with outside access
as these birds spook easily, especially newly imported ones.
Breeding in Aviculture
are not as easy to breed as some of the other small macaws, but this
is on the increase as new diets and understanding of this species comes
about. My pairs prefer a dark aviary with a secluded area to hide behind,
I supply a L-shaped nestbox, 60 cm deep x 30 cm wide x 45 cm long. They
lay clutches of 3 to 5 eggs and incubation lasts 25 days. The fledging
period is 11 weeks.
I know of no mutations. If you are in possesion
of any mutation macaws please contact me at Gideon.
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