Macaws

Native Parrot Species

There are nine native parrot species in the Southwest of Costa Rica. Wild Macaw Association uses the Scarlet Macaw to call attention to parrot conservation, research and welfare. Click here to read about our Wild Parrot Rescue and Rehabilitation project.

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Brotogeris jugularis
Small mainly green parakeet with orange feathers under its beak. Noisy flocks. Common in lowlands and foothills.
Orange-chinned Parakeet

Brown-hooded Parrot

Pyrilia haematotis
Small parrot, slow-moving, usually silent, and keeps in the canopy. Fairly common in wet lowlands and at middle elevations.
Brown-hooded Parrot

Blue-headed Parrot

Pionus menstruus
Medium large parrot, quiet compared to other parrot species, largely restricted to humid or semi-humid regions.
Blue-headed Parrot

Mealy Amazon

Amazona farinosa
Large, mainly green, highly vocal Amazon parrot. Forms loud, large flocks at dusk and dawn. Common in humid lowlands.
Mealy Amazon

Red-lored Parrot

Amazona autumnalis
Amazon parrot with red forehead, blue crown, and yellowish cheeks. Smaller than Mealy Amazon. Common in wet lowlands and foothills.
Red-lored Parrot

White-crowned Parrot

Pionus senilis
Slow-moving, keeps in the canopy when feeding. Forages in flocks. Common in wet lowlands and middle elevations.
White-crowned Parrot

Crimson-fronted Parakeet

Psittacara finschi
Red forehead, red specks on head and neck. Common in (sub)tropical moist lowland forests in Central Valley, and on the Pacific and Caribbean slopes.
Crimson-fronted Parakeet

Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao
Large scarlet colored macaw with bare eye patches. Squawks can carry for miles. Moves around in pairs, flocks for socializing and roost. Can live over 50 years.
Scarlet Macaw