Personally, I love the Red-fronted Macaw and I strongly believe that they are among the most under-appreciated members of the family. They are a medium sized, mostly darker green macaw with a striking bright red forehead, ear coverts and shoulders.
In Australia they are still very rare in aviculture, with only a very limited number of breeders here producing unrelated stock, and other breeders only being able to offer related pairs. The dedicated work of the small handful of breeders who are working together to produce unrelated pairs are to be commended for putting the specie's genetic future in Australian aviculture first, as opposed to profits; greed is a major issue, with some caring far more about profiting from birds than they do for the preservation of species in our aviaries.
With all of the recent talk of parrot imports being a possibility again here in Australia in coming years, and some macaw species being very high on the list of desired species to bring in, we can only but hope that the person or people who are doing most of the pushing for this, actually have Australian aviculture's best interests at heart, and not just their own.....time will tell. Allowing imports to happen again is one thing, but allowing it to happen under a monopoly controlled by one or two would be a disaster, much the same as what happened with the imports that occurred in the early-mid 1990s.
"Macaws" by Tony Silva
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