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Dominican Green-and-yellow Macaw Picture
 
 

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SPECIES INFO

The Dominican Green-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara atwoodi), also called the Dominican Macaw, is extinct, and only known through the writings of zoologist Thomas Atwood in 1791. Atwood wrote of a macaw from Dominica with green and yellow plumage and "a scarlet coloured fleshy substance from the ears to the root of the bill." No known archeological remains are known of this bird, and it is thus widely considered an extinct hypothetically existent parrot. Atwood described a bird which was commonly captured for food and pets .

Clark, the zoologist and binomial authority on the parrot, initially included these macaws in Ara guadeloupensis. On discovering Atwood's writings, however, Clark listed them separately, considering them distinct

The Dominican Macaw probably became extinct in the late 18th or early 19th century .





                                     



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