Ara Severa: The Chestnut Fronted Macaw
Probably one of the most entertaining of all macaws is the Chestnut Fronted Macaw. Its name is derived from the Psittacidae family, and its genus and species are Ara severa, respectively.
Quite an interesting name, don’t you think? They are also known as the Severe Macaw and they are considered to be a mini-macaw similar to the Hahn’s Macaw.
With green plumage with patches of red and blue under their wings, these macaws are mostly found in Central America, Panama, Bolivia, and Brazil. They grow to a size of about 18-20 inches, tip to tail, and they are not only very social birds but because they are highly intelligent, can be trained to speak in short sentences as well.
The lifespan of the Chestnut Fronted Macaw is typically 40 years or more. Some are known to live as long as 80 years. While they are most affectionate, owners of Chestnut Fronted Macaws state that they are a great deal of fun as well. Trick training has proven to greatly improve a Chestnut Fronted Macaw’s behavior and stop the biting and screaming you may be experiencing.
Although some state they have a particularly shrill cry which can be a bit annoying, nonetheless, they are great with children. The Chestnut Fronted Macaw or the Ara Severa has chestnut-colored feathers across his forehead – hence, the name.
Chestnut Fronted Macaw Facts
Deforestation and the pet trade has meant that the Chestnut Fronted Macaw, along with many bird species, is kept a close eye on to keep them off the endangered species list. During breeding season the female lays two to three eggs which hatch at about 26 weeks. Surgical sexing is required to identify gender. Young chicks fledge at about 3 months.
In the wild they feast on fruit, green leafy matter and nuts and seeds. However, in captivity the ideal diet of a Chestnut Fronted Macaw consists of natural pellets, fruits, and leafy green vegetables. They do require a large cage, preferably stainless steel, and require a great deal of exercise.
Therefore, adding lots of toys and perches to their cage is recommended. In addition, Chestnut Fronted Macaws have a love of water. This love for the water makes cleaning and grooming easy. Simply place a perch in your shower and give them a spray every couple of days.
Lots of attention should be paid to these birds as they also require lots of stimulation. To keep them from becoming bored, alternate the toys and replace the perches as they begin to deteriorate.
As with other macaws, a well-trained Severe Macaw can be a wonderful companion and friend. They bond immediately with their owners. Many have commented that the Severe likes to play peek-a-boo with them, and this endearing quality is what sets this bird apart from others. They are not only playful and quite animated, but love to be held.
One aspect of the Chestnut fronted macaw is that it tends to be cautious than other birds of its species. In fact, they are easily frightened by new things. But if they are hand-raised, they are a delight for the entire family. With regular training and socialization, they can be taught tricks and particularly enjoy an affectionate owner willing to dole out plenty of petting and cuddling – not your typical Macaw.