Great green macaws are the largest parrots in their natural range, which extends from Honduras to northern South America. They are the second heaviest macaw species (Hyacinth macaws are heavier) and the third heaviest parrot species in the world (the flightless Kakapo parrot in New Zealand is the heaviest parrot).
This species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Redlist.
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This bird has several names in Honduras. It is often referred to as "Guara verde," which means green macaw in Spanish, but also "Apu siakny," which is how the name might be said in Miskitu if translating directly from the Spanish. (Miskitu is an Indigenous language spoken in the La Mokitia region of the country.) The original Miskitu name is Apawsa.