Giant Green-winged Macaw restored to Argentina after 200-year absence

After an almost two hundred-year disappearance, the first Green-winged macaws have been released in northeastern Argentina.

BirdLife International partner organization Aves Argentinas describes how they brought this giant of the parrot world back into their former range.

Macaws have been historically persecuted by humans because of their colorful plumage.

Because of the precarious state of the Green-winged macaw’s survival in the province of Corrientes in northeastern Argentina, a recovery project was begun.

Fortunately, the Ibera Natural Reserve represents a unique opportunity to save this species because the reserve has a large area of protected habitat sufficient to allow forest islands to harbor a stable population of Green-winged macaws.

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